Wideman will not return for the remainder of the 2015-16 season due to a triceps injury. Already ruled out for Friday's contest, the blueliner can now safely be dropped in fantasy leagues. Jakub Nakladal should replace him as a regular in the lineup the rest of the way while Wideman will have to settle for 19 points (two goals, 17 assists), 75 shots on goal and 77 blocked shots in total for the 2015-16 campaign. He'll now begin the recovery process for next season, and should be ready for the start of training camp.
Wideman (upper body) will be out of the lineup for Friday's matchup with the Avalanche, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 reports. Wideman had just returned from a suspension a few games earlier only to suffer an injury Wednesday. Coach Bob Hartley has said the injury did not look good, so Wideman may not see the ice much, if at all, for the rest of the season.
Wideman suffered an upper-body injury Wednesday against the Jets. Coach Bob Hartley relayed afterward that the Flames will know more about Wideman's status in the next day or so, but initial indications from the team's medical staff are that "it doesn't look very good" for the blueliner at this stage.
Wideman will play Friday against the Coyotes. Wideman's original 20-game suspension was cut in half Friday, making the 32-year-old blueliner eligible to play in Friday's matchup with Arizona. The former eighth-round pick's owners will be happy to have him back in their lineups, as he's been pretty productive this season, notching 19 points (two goals, 17 assists) and 75 shots on goal in 48 games. Wideman is expected to skate alongside Jakub Nakladal on the Flames' third pairing in Friday's contest.
Wideman had his initial 20-game suspension halved after neutral arbitrator James Oldham made his ruling Friday, Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet reports. Unfortunately from Wideman, the decision comes 19 games into the original suspension, so he will just be returned half of the pay he had to forfeit. While Wideman's eligible to play Friday against the Coyotes, it's highly unlikely that he'll be in the lineup after such a long layoff and the fact that the Flames would have to demote a player to make a roster space for Wideman.
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