Arbitrator rules to reduce Tom Wilson suspension

Chris Lingebach
November 13, 2018 - 11:33 am
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The NHL has ruled to reduce Tom Wilson's 20-game suspension to 14 games, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports.

Wilson has already served 16 games of the suspension, administered by the league for an illegal check to the head of St. Louis forward Oskar Sundqvist in a Sept. 30 preseason game. But reducing the suspension, which initially cost Wilson more than his 2018-19 salary, will save him approx. $378,000.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman upheld the suspension upon appeal by Wilson in October. The suspension was ultimately reduced by an independent arbitrator. Wilson can presumably return to play immediately, although it's unclear if he will after missing nearly a month and a half of hockey.

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