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Dennis Wideman | Defenseman | #6

Team: Calgary Flames
Age / DOB:  (33) / 3/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 202
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 8 (241) / BUF
Contract: view contract details

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Dennis Wideman is "looking forward to a fresh start" after a difficult campaign.
The low point of Wideman's season was him hitting linesman Don Henderson on Jan. 27, which resulted in a 20-game suspension. That suspension was eventually reduced to 10 games by a neutral arbitrator, but at that point he had already served 19 games of it, and the NHL has responded by filing a lawsuit in order to get the original suspension restored. "It was tough," Wideman said at Tuesday’s annual Calgary Flames Celebrity Charity golf tournament at Country Hills Golf Club. "There was obviously a lot going on in the second half. It’s something you have to move on from. Obviously, I’m sorry it happened and the way it happened, and everything else. It was a tough year, and I’m looking forward to a fresh start this year." On the ice, Wideman had 19 points in 51 contests, down from 51 points in 2014-15. He's something of a wild card for 2016-17 from a fantasy perspective, but towards the end of a standard league, if you still need a defenseman at that point. Sep 21 - 4:56 AM
Source: Calgary Sun

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The NHL has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the NHLPA in order to restore Dennis Wideman's 20 suspension for hitting linesman Don Henderson back on Jan. 27.

"We are disappointed that the NHL has chosen to challenge the award of the Neutral Discipline Arbitrator (NDA) in court, as the collective bargaining agreement clearly provides that the decision of the NDA is final," said NHLPA spokesman Jonathan Weatherdon in an e-mail. "We are confident this action is completely without merit and that the court will agree." Wideman had his ban reduced to 10 games by neutral arbitrator James Oldham on March 10.
Jun 9 - 9:19 AM

Dennis Wideman will miss the rest of the season due to the tricep injury suffered on Wednesday.

Wow. Talk about a season from hell for the veteran defender. Wideman finishes with two goals, 19 points and with a career worst 2.7 shooting percentage in 51 games. Now exiting his age-32 season, Wideman will ding the cap at $5.25M for just one more season and holds a No-Movement Clause to boot.
Mar 18 - 7:02 PM

Dennis Wideman (upper body) isn't available for Friday's game.

Wideman left Wednesday's contest due to the injury. He has two goals and 19 points in 51 contests in 2015-16.
Mar 18 - 1:27 PM

Dennis Wideman left Calgary's win over Winnipeg because of an upper-body injury.

"It doesn't look very good," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "The preliminary reports that we got from the medical staff are not very good, but he'll have some tests [Thursday] and we should have more news late [Thursday] or on Friday."
Mar 17 - 2:35 AM

After 19 long games, Dennis Wideman returns to Calgary's blue line on Friday against Arizona.

Looks like Wideman got off a game early, or nine games late, depending on who you speak to. Either way, he's produced 17 assists, 19 points, 30 PIMs, 35 hits, and 74 blocks while averaging 21:03 of ice time per night over 48 games. He hasn't played since Jan. 27th, so we'd expect the powerful defender to be well-rested and with a big chip on his shoulders.
Mar 11 - 6:49 PM

Dennis Wideman's suspension has been officially reduced to 10 games by neutral arbitrator James Oldham, making him eligible to play Friday.

Of course, Wideman has already served 19 games of his 20-game suspension because of the time it took to go through the process, so this decision really only spared him one game. This does make a difference to Wideman financially though as he'll get half of his forfeited salary, which works out to be roughly $282K. Oldham's argument for reducing the suspension comes to him feeling that there wasn't enough evidence to demonstrate that Wideman intentionally hit linesman Don Henderson. The NHL strongly disagrees with that assessment and left the door open to dispute this further.
Mar 11 - 2:59 PM

Dennis Wideman's 20-game suspension has reportedly been reduced by 10 games per the neutral arbitrator's ruling.

Of course, the 20th game of Wideman's suspension was set for Friday night so the reality that he served 19 games of what was ultimately ruled to be a 10-game suspension. That being said, this will make a difference to Wideman from a salary lost perspective.
Mar 11 - 1:31 PM

Dennis Wideman will serve the 20th game of his suspension on Friday.

If you haven't been keeping tabs on Wideman, but heard that he appealed his 20-game suspension for hitting linesman Don Henderson, you could be forgiven for hearing this news and just assuming he must have lost his appeal. The reality is that the ruling hasn't come in yet. He had to first appeal to commissioner Gary Bettman and it was only after Bettman sided with the original ruling that Wideman could elevate his appeal to a neutral arbitrator. That arbitrator hasn't come to a decision yet and obviously unless that happens before tonight's game whatever decision the arbitrator comes to will be completely moot from a games missed perspective.
Mar 11 - 12:57 PM

According to Bill Daly, the arbitrator in Dennis Wideman's suspension "doesn't anticipate siding on the case until the week of March 7th."

What a process. And what a mess. By the morning of March 7th, Wideman will have already missed 17 of his 20 games. Of course he'll be reimbursed for any and all games the neutral arbiter deems he shouldn't have missed, but that's well beyond the point.
Feb 27 - 7:18 PM

Linesman Don Henderson, who is the man Dennis Wideman is serving a 20-game suspension over hitting, is reportedly dealing with concussion symptoms.

"He still can’t do anything because he hasn’t gone two days symptom-free," a Calgary Sun source said. "I don’t think he’s coming back anytime soon, if at all." Henderson found out more about his condition after undergoing an MRI on Wednesday. Additionally Henderson is experiencing back pain after undergoing back surgery roughly a decade ago. Dennis Wideman appealed his suspension to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman who upheld it. The next step is expected to be bringing it to a neutral arbitrator.
Source: Calgary Sun
Feb 19 - 10:53 AM

Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving let his feelings on Dennis Wideman's much-maligned text be known.

Per Wes Gilbertson, "I know that text message is getting a lot of play. But I can tell you that going through this process from the start and being part of being part of both meetings and being around our player, his remorse, his apology, and the way he feels about Don Henderson is sincere." Treliving noted. "It's authentic, it's real, and nobody should think differently... I know his apology to Don Henderson is heartfelt and sincere." Without a doubt there is more to come in this case as the Flames will take it to a neutral arbiter.
Feb 17 - 10:00 PM

To say Brian Burke is furious about Gary Bettman upholding the 20-game ban of Dennis Wideman, and its process, would be an understatement.

In short, tonight will be the seventh game Wideman has missed due to suspension and once the process for the neutral arbitration takes place it may last another three games. Burke finds this, plus Bettman's decision, "incomprehensible." As he told SportsNet's Tim and Sid, "Now, if this is appealed to the neutral arbitrator [which they will], they've virtually guaranteed that the player's going to do 10 games no matter what because it's going to take a couple days to get this thing put all together." In his ruling, Bettman noted that the text that he received from Wideman made his apology seem less than genuine. Burke added, "So to take a week to rubber-stamp a decision that was made by the hockey operations department of the NHL as games tick off for my player, that affect my team's ability to win, that affect playoff races, that affect competitive balance, is incomprehensible to me." Process matters, especially within the application of law.
Feb 17 - 9:11 PM

Adding to our previous report on Gary Bettman's decision to uphold Dennis Wideman's 20-game suspension, the commissioner also cited a subpoenaed text message to bring the defenseman's remorse into question.

Wideman apologized for hitting linesman Donnie Henderson even as he contended that he had no intent to make contact with the official. However, after the conclusion of his initial hearing for the hit, Wideman sent a text message to a teammate that read, "[t]he only problem and the only reason I'm here is cause the stupid refs and stupid media." Bettman therefore questioned the sincerity of Wideman's apology and even brought up the possibility of increasing his suspension from its current 20 games, something which he had the power to do. He ultimately decided to keep the suspension at its current level in light of Wideman's "prior exemplary disciplinary record."
Feb 17 - 5:49 PM

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has upheld Dennis Wideman's 20-game suspension.

Wideman has the right to appeal again, but this time it would be ruled on by a neutral arbitrator. If he simply serves out the rest of his suspension, he'll be eligible to return on March 14. He's being punished for knocking into Donnie Henderson, which led to the linesman being taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons. Wideman apologized and claimed the hit was unintentional, but the footage suggested that Wideman not only hit the linesman, but also pushed him to the ice. That being said, the NHLPA claimed that Wideman had suffered a concussion just prior to the hit, which meant that he was staking with diminished mental and physical capacities. They therefore contend that Wideman was not in a position to avoid contact.
Feb 17 - 5:40 PM

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