The NHL suspended the Islanders’ James Wisniewski two games for his lewd gesture toward Sean Avery Monday. Surprisingly, the NHL did not find reason to suspend Avery.
Remember, this Wisniewski is a guy who was suspended eight games for a vicious hit last March.
Here’s the AP story on the suspension:
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has suspended Islanders defenseman James Wisniewski two games for an obscene gesture he made toward Sean Avery.
The NHL says Wisniewski will sit out games at Washington on Wednesday and at Pittsburgh on Friday for his actions during Monday’s 6-4 victory over the Rangers.
The league announced the penalty on Tuesday.
During a stoppage of play in the first period, Wisniewski and Avery chirped at each other. Wisniewski then made a gesture with his hand, directed at Avery. Wisniewski said he didn’t remember making a gesture, but video of the incident was on the YouTube website before the game was over.
Here’s the official release from the NHL:
ISLANDERS’ WISNIEWSKI SUSPENDED FOR TWO GAMES
Defenseman Forfeits $79,268.30 in Salary
TORONTO (October 12, 2010)—New York Islanders defenseman James Wisniewski has been suspended for two games and will forfeit $79,268.30 in salary for directing an inappropriate gesture toward New York Rangers player Sean Avery during NHL game #28 on October 11. The incident occurred during a stoppage of play in the first period.
Wisniewski, who was suspended for eight games on March 17, 2010, is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Accordingly, he forfeits his salary based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (186). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Wisniewski will miss the Islanders’ next two games—Oct. 13 at Washington and Oct. 15 at Pittsburgh. He is eligible to return Oct. 16 against Colorado.