A ruling on Dennis Wideman’s case could come down on Wednesday, according to Sportsnet’s John Shannon.
Shannon reports the NHL and NHLPA submitted their final written arguments on Friday and a ruling from the arbitrator is expected to come quickly.
Final written arguments in Wideman case were submitted by NHLPA and NHL to the Arbitrator yesterday . Hoping for a decision on Wednesday.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) March 5, 2016
If the ruling does come down Wednesday, it would be in line with the league’s timeline set last week.
Bill Daly spoke to the media here, said the arbitrator in Wideman's hearing doesn't anticipate siding on the case until the week of March 7.
— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) February 28, 2016
The Calgary Flames defenceman received a 20-game suspension for hitting NHL linesman Don Henderson during a game against the Nashville Predators on Jan. 27. An initial appeal saw Wideman’s suspension upheld by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, which led to the current independent arbitration process.
Heading into Saturday’s action Wideman had already missed 16 games.
Sportsnet’s Damien Cox reported last week that the Flames put in a request for Wideman to be allowed to play until a final decision was reached. That request was denied.