Arbitrator rules to reduce Tom Wilson suspension

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By 106.7 The Fan
The NHL has ruled to reduce Tom Wilson's 20-game suspension to 14 games, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports.

Tom Wilson’s suspension reduced to 14 games by arbitrator. No time machine to play, but does get salary back

— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) November 13, 2018

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.

The reduced suspension saves Tom Wilson $378,048.78 in lost salary. https://t.co/Qecx2nxVQy

— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) November 13, 2018

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.

Independent arbitrator has reduced #caps Tom Wilson's suspension from 20 games to 14. Wilson gets back $378,048 in lost salary. Eligible to play immediately, but effectively a 16-game suspension because the process took so long from Sept. 30 (!) hit.

— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) November 13, 2018

Wouldn’t be shocked if he plays tonight now. https://t.co/yhrKc2ame4

— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) November 13, 2018

NHL and NHLPA statement on Tom Wilson suspension.Complete arbitrator decision: https://t.co/5JXYsGsYbx pic.twitter.com/8s5l6LtxXJ

— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) November 13, 2018

Welcome back, @tom_wilson! #4️⃣3️⃣ #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/S6pHZm4e10

— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) November 13, 2018

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