Dennis Wideman situation highlights NHL's concussion shortcomings

February 4, 2016

As we await the appeal process for Dennis Wideman's 20-game suspension to run its course, it is troubling that what many of us had speculated since the moment the incident occurred is now a matter of public record. That comes courtesy of the NHL's video explaining its decision regarding the Flames defenseman: The league acknowledges that Wideman suffered a concussion on the play preceding his hit from behind on linesman Don Henderson. It is my understanding that the NHL's concussion spotter did his job in that game by flagging the potential concussion, but that Wideman refused to leave the game after being approached by a team trainer.

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