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Morning Skate: Another day, another controversy for the NHL

Move over, John Scott. It's Dennis Wideman's turn.

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

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The NHL just can't help itself. Less than a week after the John Scott All-Star Game controversy officially subsided, the league finds itself mired in another featuring Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman. On Wednesday, the NHL suspended the veteran for 20 games after determining his hit on a referee a week ago was intentional.

The NHLPA immediately appealed the decision, and it's not hard to see why. Wideman argued he was "woozy" after taking a hit before the incident, and the NHL even admitted in their ruling video that he was concussed. It's also been reported that the NHL's concussion protocol wasn't followed, explaining why he remained in the game. So why wasn't that taken into consideration by the league? Simple. If they admitted he was concussed, they'd be admitting their system is broken. They can't have that.

Stay tuned. This situation might get messy.