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James Wisniewski suspended 8 regular season games

Posted on: September 26, 2011 8:22 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2011 9:51 am
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By: Adam Gretz

The Columbus Blue Jackets will have to wait until the end of October to see one of their biggest offseason additions play a meaningful game.

Just hours after Minnesota's Brad Staubitz received a three-game banishment for an illegal check on Friday night, Brendan Shanahan announced that Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski will miss the rest of the preseason, as well as the first eight games of the regular season, for an illegal check to the head of Minnesota's Cal Clutterbuck in the same game.

The hit took place after the horn sounded to end the third period.

Shanahan explained that since the play was a violation of Rule 48.1, occured after the horn sound, and while Clutterbuck never had possession of the puck, he (Clutterbuck) should have had no reason to believe he was about to be checked at that moment, making him a defenseless player. He also pointed out that Wisniewski's four suspensions since March of 2008 season weighed heavily into his decision.

Wisniewski will not appear in a regular season game for the Blue Jackets until Oct. 25 when they host the Detroit Red Wings. His suspension will also force him to miss an early-season game against Clutterbuck and the Wild.

Said Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson in a statement released by the team, “The decision has been rendered and we will comply with the ruling made by the League."

After recording a career-high 51 points last season with the Islanders and Canadiens, the Blue Jackets acquired Wisniewski this summer and gave him a huge contract (six years, $33 million) to be one of their top defenseman.

Here's the video of the play, as well as Shanahan's explanation for the suspension.



Here's what Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel had to say about the suspension after Columbus' 3-1 loss to Washington on Monday night:

"Yeah, I found out about it between periods," said Arniel. "It was a tough one to swallow. Obviously the league has a mandate, you know they are trying to really set a tone early on in the season. It was harsh, it was very harsh. It was a lot harsher than I was expecting. But not much we can do about it. We have got to move forward. They have made their decision, we have already put our best foot forward when it came to our side of the story. Obviously the league felt that being a repeat offender and a blow to the head that that was the call that had to be made. So we'll live with it and move on."

And on whether or not it's a big blow to the Blue Jackets on and off the ice:

"Yeah, sure it is. It's 12 games in total, but eight games to start the season. You know how important getting off to a good start is. And Wiz being a new player, you want him to be a part of your mix through this exhibition. you want him to, Tyutin is his partner, you want to get that comfort level with the two of them playing together. Wiz wants to get his start to being a Columbus Blue Jacket off on a good note and obviously it's a little bit rocky right now. But he's got to move forward and learn from it."

EyeOnHockey's Brian Stubits contributed to this post

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:11 pm
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Since: Apr 21, 2010
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:23 am
 

James Wisniewski suspended 8 regular season games

Answer this one Question, why was Clutterbuck skating towards Wiz at the end of the period. The buzzer sounded just before they would hit, he could have skated the other way hmmm... So it seems to me that Clutterbuck was going to skate toward him to start something and Wiz went to protect himself. Sure the elbow was little high, but I'am sure that it wasn't a full force hit, you know acting does come into play. Just like one of Shanny's best friend, Oh yea his name is Sean Avery. So I do know hockey. And I do agree that they should stop the chippyness and the blind hits all I was say that to be suspened 12 games for that is kind of overkill. I would love to see what he gives to Avery when he does something wrong this year. And if this is such a great sport, why doesn't ESPN show more highlights. I would love Barry Melrose's job, work a couple a days a week and collect a full salary (Barry what were you thinking of coming back to coaching, when you had this comfy job). If it wasn't for the NHL Network (which a lot of people don't have), this sport would pretty much be obsolete. And what is going to happen when they strike next year???



Since: Apr 21, 2010
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:02 am
 

James Wisniewski suspended 8 regular season games

Chicago Chet, Lets see what happens when Shanahan's best friend gets into trouble (Avery). Then will come back to have chat about this. Want to talk about a person who shouldn't allowed to be in this NHL its Avery. I watched hockey a long time and they had killed this sport @ least the last ten years, way to many teams, can't fill the arenas up. Next time look up in the crowds(if you have the NHL package) and see how many of the arenas have empty seats. Yes some seats are still bought cause people don't show up (corporate, miss game,etc...), but a lot of these arenas don't fill the capacity and here lies the problem... They are on Verses where not that many people get and NBC once in a while, they don't even get shown on ESPN that much. Promote to @ least some other networks (since they are with NBC) like other affiliates with NBC so maybe other people can see this sport. And what are you going to say when they lock-out next season and they strike. If they lose another season what happens then. NBC and Verses are going to want there money or money back from what they shelled out so another words probably lawsuits. And the thing I do agree about is that Bettman should have never been the commish of this league, no clue what so ever



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2011 12:15 am
 

James Wisniewski suspended 8 regular season games

You make some good points and I agree with some of them. You however had a few things wrong. Fact is Wiz DID callenge Cluttersuc to fight and he turned it down. The other thing that is wrong is Cluttersuc was NOT looking away. In fact he turned sparply at the buzzer and skated directly toward Wiz.

I'm not saying what Wisniewski did was right or that it didn't need punishment. All I'm saying is the punishment went over the top IMO. 4-5 reg season games would have been more than fair and gotten the point across.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 29, 2011 12:49 am
 

James Wisniewski suspended 8 regular season games

Anyone that has played HOCKEY understands that it is a high-intensity sport in which tempers flare BECAUSE of the speed and intensity -  that lends to frustration. The game is played by humans. Bertuzzi has repeatedly said that he did not intend to injure that player in that way and I for one believe him. He has apologized, he has served his suspension, and he has NOT EVER done anything like that ever since. 

True, I can't argue with what you said above.  BUT, regardless of the speed and intensity the players that cross the line have to be punished or things get out of hand.   What Bertuzzi did back then to Moore was terrible, flat out awful.  But in its simplest form you can summarize what Bertuzzi did by saying he chased somebody down and punched him in the head from behind with this glove on.  Moore passed out before he hit the ice, so he couldn't protect himself. Nobody knew he passed out before he hit the ice until days later... it was a fluke. A terrible thing done by Bertuzzi but he was suspended, has spent a ton of money on lawyers already and is still in court and being sued for millions by Moore from what I understand.  I think he paid the price for his actions, that's for sure.   And don't believe for a second I'm saying this because I'm a Wings fan.  I could care less if Bertuzzi ever plays another game for the Wings... I wasn't too excited when they picked him up, he's not that good.  He's a decent depth player, a big body, that's it.  

Wisniewski, while a hothead, is not a dirtbag. He is better than many other players both now and before his time (Darien Hatcher, for example). Hatcher had a bad habit of trying to bend other players' knees in half - he succeeded on Jeremy Roenick. Wiz is a good player that is still relatively young and needs to learn how to control and/or channel his anger. He is not a dirtbag. Stupid, perhaps, but not a dirtbag. 

Hey, he might be a great guy for all I know, but he still has to pay for what he did.  My buddy watched a show on Matt Cooke one day, one of the biggest scumbags on the ice I've seen in my life but off the ice apparantly the guy isn't like that at all.  He's a great guy, a family man, a great husband and great dad.  Well spoken, has a lot of good friends from the past.... yet when he's on the ice he doesn't have a clue.... he tries to hurt people.... doesn't make sense.
 



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 2:03 am
 

James Wisniewski suspended 8 regular season games

Anyone that has played HOCKEY understands that it is a high-intensity sport in which tempers flare BECAUSE of the speed and intensity -  that lends to frustration. The game is played by humans. Bertuzzi has repeatedly said that he did not intend to injure that player in that way and I for one believe him. He has apologized, he has served his suspension, and he has NOT EVER done anything like that ever since.

Wisniewski, while a hothead, is not a dirtbag. He is better than many other players both now and before his time (Darien Hatcher, for example). Hatcher had a bad habit of trying to bend other players' knees in half - he succeeded on Jeremy Roenick. Wiz is a good player that is still relatively young and needs to learn how to control and/or channel his anger. He is not a dirtbag. Stupid, perhaps, but not a dirtbag.

As far as competing with the "big boys", that will never happen. You don't sound like much of a hockey fan to begin with. It is an international sport, like Soccer. the USA has baseball and football, Canada has hockey, and the rest of the world has soccer.

Who gives a s**t about basketball anyway?Tongue out



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:55 am
 

James Wisniewski suspended 8 regular season games

How does enforcing CURRENT rules make him a hypocrite? It doen't matter WHEN head hits started happening. What matters are CURRENT rules and Shanahan, whether you like him or not, has been given a JOB by the NHL to enforce the CURRENT rules as they have been constructed and as the LEAGUE has instructed they be enforced. This isn't about Shanahan. This is about the NHL, and about the safety of the players.

The CURRENT rules have been changed and the teams have been instructed as to what will and what will not be tolerated. Abide by the current rules and you will not be suspended. Deliver head shots, as Wisniewski has done repeatedly over the last two years, and you are going to get suspended.

I'd rather see Sidney Crosby and Marc Savard ON the ice, not OFF of it becuase other players intentionally target the head.

This is the ONLY way that the NHL is going to get this sort of thing under control.

Wisniewski could have just as easily challenged Clutterbuck to a fight. Wisniewski could have challenged Brent Seabrook to a fight a year ago. Instead, he hit BOTH players in the head when they WERE NOT LOOKING - and he has been suspended twice as a result.

Don't blame Shanahan. I think he and the NHL are doing a great job trying to get this thing under control.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:02 am
 

James Wisniewski suspended 8 regular season games

>>>>What Shanahan did or didn't do in his career means nothing. What matters is the rules in today's NHL, nothing more and nothing less.  And with concussions becoming a very serious problem and a hot topic North American wide for sports in general, players that intentionally go for another player's head are going to get punished in a big way.... that's the bottom line.<<<<<

That may well be the bottom line but it still looks to me like Shanny is a hypocrite. Concussions didn't just start happening the past 2 years even though you may think that after the media talkes about it. Shanahan threw elbows at other players heads I'm sure during his carrer many times and for him to stand on a soap box now and pass these kinds of judgments is BS plain and simple. I'm not saying they shouldn't suspend guys for head hits but 8 games is way over the top in this sitsuation.



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2011 4:21 pm
 

James Wisniewski suspended 8 regular season games

Put skirts on them? I'm amazed at how stupid JT0112 is. Let ALL the networks promote the game? The networks don't want any part of your stupid game. It's too violent! In the history of the NHL, the finals have NEVER been broadcast on network TV.

Get fighting and gratuitous violence out of the game and the NHL will have a chance to compete with the big boys. In ANY other sport, if you throw a punch, you're ejected. The NHL is a bad joke when it comes to discipline and players having respect for the game and for each other.

Getting to the point of this article; Wisniewski is d-bag, cheap shot artist. Remember in the playoffs a couple of years back when he took a run at Brent Seabrook of the Blackhawks? He skated across the ice, directly at Seabrook, with one thing in mind. He launched himself, elbow first into the face of Seabrook. There was no mistaking his intent. He should have received a 20 game suspension for the hit.

The league continues to allow this kind of crap and they allow players like Bertuzzi and Wisniewski to play. Someday, the NHL will grow some integrity and protect their players by banishing these dangerous goofs.

If fighting is a part of the game, how come the game stops when someone fights? The league is joke and it's run by worm (Bettman.) May Shanahan rule with an iron fist. Get the goons out of the game.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2011 2:45 pm
 

James Wisniewski suspended 8 regular season games

But like I said from the beginning, your probably losing another big hockey fan..Adios

The truth is the NHL doesn't want fans like you.  They don't want fans that enjoy watching players destroy others with blind side elbows and hits to the head.  The NHL is changing the rules, or maybe just finally enforcing the rules so people like you stop watching and new fans come in that appreciate a highly skilled and extremely fast hockey game.  Viewership has increased the last couple years so trust me, we won't miss a so called "fan" like you.

Adios is right.... keep your promise and leave, but make sure you don't come back either.  


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