UPDATED 5:50 pm – The Islanders have just issued a press release acknowledging the Brendan Witt suspension. It includes this quote from Garth Snow: “We are diasppointed to loss a player of Brendan’s calibre and character for this period of time, but we understand the League’s concern regarding hits to the head.”
It seems the Islanders aren’t miffed that Mike Mottau got only two games for taking out Frans Nielsen for more than two months, so maybe nobody else should either. It’s one thing if the Islanders want to be 1-of-30 and not take the low road, but why say anything at all?
3:30 pm - …Brendan is guaranteed to not be injured between now and Wednesday’s trade deadline.
Three games more than Mike Mottau, eh Colie? It is wild that every time someone pontificates that this is the time for the NHL to take a stand, an Islander is up for a suspension.
2:47 pm - The disciplinary hearing between Brendan Witt and the National Hockey League ended a few minutes ago.
The conference call regarding Witt’s elbow to the head of Niklas Hagman lasted approximately 20 minutes. On the call were Witt and Garth Snow representing the Islanders, discipline czar Colin Campbell of the NHL and Ian Penny and Glenn Healy from the Players Association.
Our take: Witt deserves – 2 games. Witt will get – 5 games.