Bettman's Upcoming Decision Crucial for Calgary Flames

Published October 22, 2023 at 4:08 PM

Andersson Appeals Suspension: Flames' Fate in Bettman's Hands

Rasmus Andersson's recent suspension has become a point of contention, as he and the Calgary Flames prepare to appeal the decision. Gary Bettman will now have a significant say in this ongoing saga.

Details on Andersson's Contested Suspension

Speculation had been rife about Rasmus Andersson and the Calgary Flames' intention to contest the four-game suspension he was handed, following a controversial hit on Patrik Laine. This appeal was later confirmed by Elliotte Friedman.

As initially reported by @EricFrancis, Rasmus Andersson will appeal his four-game suspension.

It will be heard by Commissioner Gary Bettman. Because it is lower than six games (and did not feature an in-person hearing), there is no independent arbitrator. Bettman has final say.

Gary Bettman, as per the appeal rules, will be the ultimate decider on the appropriateness of the four-game suspension.

Understandable Outrage Over High Hit

The controversy isn't about whether a suspension is justified, as Andersson's hit was undeniably direct to Laine's head during the game's final moments. The hit even resulted in an injury for Laine.

Calgary's Rasmus Andersson has been suspended for four games for Charging Columbus' Patrik Laine, per @NHLPlayerSafety

All eyes are now on Bettman, as his decision will not only impact this case but could also set a precedent for future rulings in the NHL.

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Bettman's Upcoming Decision Crucial for Calgary Flames

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