Anaheim Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski has been suspended for two games, without pay, for delivering a forearm blow to the head of Phoenix Coyotes forward Shane Doan on Oct. 31, the National Hockey League announced on Monday.
The Ducks lost the game, 3-2 in a shootout at Jobing.com Arena.
The incident occurred at 7:12 of the first period. No penalty was assessed on the play.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Wisniewski will forfeit $28,497.40. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Wisniewski will miss games on Tuesday against Pittsburgh on Thursday against Nashville. He will be eligible to return on Saturday against Phoenix.
The NHL just became a huge joke that obviously stands for "No Hitting League", and the funny thing is I'm NOT laughing. I can't say that I am surprised at the suspension since if you don the Ducks uniform, you can't even so much as look at an opposing player the wrong way or you're toast, but I can say that I am pissed off and really disappointed with the inconsistency throughout the league when it comes to suspensions. Don't look me in the eye and say there isn't anything wrong. With this suspension the NHL is basically allowing other teams to play our guys and give them brain damage, while the Ducks have to stand around and take it because any form of physicality from them and they will be suspended. NHL is one step closer to being basketball on ice. Bettman's dream, I'm sure.
If you are just as outraged, and have a twitter account, I ask that you please add the #FreeWiz hashtag to your tweets.