Dennis Wideman arbitration ruling could come Wednesday

Elliotte Friedman joined Hockey Central @ Noon to talk about the Dennis Wideman suspension, and the wrinkle that text messages threw into the equation.

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.

If the ruling does come down Wednesday, it would be in line with the league’s timeline set last week.

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.