An interesting twist to the Dennis Wideman suspension saga was revealed Friday, after the Calgary Flames defenseman's suspension for making contact with linesman Don Henderson was reduced to 10 games from 20.
After Wideman's initial appeal of the suspension was upheld by the NHL, it was revealed by the league that Wideman sent a text message to an unnamed person after he met with executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell on Feb. 2. The text message read: "(The) only problem and the only reason I'm here is (because of) the stupid refs and stupid media."
Commissioner Gary Bettman cited the message as proof that Wideman did not accept responsibility for his actions, and the suspension remained at 20 games. Until Friday.
It was originally presented to the media that Wideman sent the text message in question to a teammate, but he and Campbell have never played together in the NHL. They were, however, traded for each other in June 2010, when the Florida Panthers traded Campbell and Nathan Horton to the Boston Bruins for Wideman and a first-round draft pick.
As TSN's Frank Seravalli notes, the text message being sent to Gregory Campbell, who was called a "teammate" of Wideman, raises some important - and intriguing - questions.
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