Update, 5:33 p.m.:
Bob McKenzie at TSN double confirms the Wisniewski two-game suspension.
Update, 5:15 p.m.:
Jesse Rogers at ESPN Chicago, who Chris Botta (NYI Point Blank) says is connected, confirms that it is a two-game suspension.
Update, 5:03 p.m.:
Hearing Wisniewski received two game suspension. No confirmation.
...seems fair to me. Although Avery would have easily gotten 10 games.
Tony Care at CBC has this quote from former Islanders GM Mike Milbury actually blaming Sean Avery for the James Wisniewski obscene gesture...
"He has been a pretty good player, but he's become a caricature of a professional," Milbury told CBCSports.ca. "It's not good for hockey, it's not good for the image that [the league] is trying to portray. We're not all poster boys for this business and never will be, but this has gone on far too long with his focus on being a distraction and an agitator rather than honing his craft.
"Here we are we're talking about Avery again, not because he made a great backhanded pass to set up the game-winning goal, but because he's part of another unsavoury incident. It's like watching a car wreck. You know it's not going to be pretty but you can't seem to turn away from it until you've had a look."
...Mad Mike is known for his stupidity but this tops it all. Now it's Avery's fault when some borderline NHL player wants to make a name for himself by simulating a sex act towards him?
...Milbury should look at himself and the Canadian media in the mirror for their unfair portrayals of Avery. Why is Avery the car wreck when it's the media reporting more on this incident than on his great backhanded pass? Milbury is actually contradicting himself by talking about this rather than Avery's hockey skills which are on display every night if Milbury ever bothered to watch.
...I doubt he was even watching the game to begin with and only saw the incident after one of his friends e-mailed him the YouTube video.
Care adds that Wisniewski travelled to the NHL's head office in New York to speak with the league's disciplinarian, Colin Campbell, on Tuesday. A decision is likely to be handed down in a day or two.
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