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What we learned in the NHL: Dennis Wideman's appeal of suspension will be heard Wednesday

What we learned in the NHL: Dennis Wideman's appeal of suspension will be heard Wednesday

What we learned over the past week in the NHL:

• Dennis Wideman's appeal of his 20-game suspension for hitting linesman Don Henderson will be heard Wednesday in New York. A key issue: whether a concussion Wideman suffered on a previous play should lessen his punishment because it might have affected his judgment when he cross-checked the unsuspecting official.

The concussion spotter on duty reportedly told the Calgary bench Wideman showed signs of a concussion but Wideman insisted on continuing. That's a huge flaw in the system.

Concussion spotters should be trained medical personnel, and any player they identify as possibly having a concussion should be...

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