Expect the NHL to come down hard on New York Islanders veteran defenseman James Wisniewski who on Monday afternoon against the New York Rangers made an obscene gesture which was picked up by television cameras.
According to a Sports Illustrated online report Wisniewski, who signed with the Islanders in the off-season found himself in a verbal spat with Sean Avery when suddenly he did the unthinkable and made some dirty hand gestures towards the Rangers tough guy.
League Commissioner Gary Bettman was at the game and heard about the gesture but apparently didnâ€™t see what happened.
â€œMy guess is hockey operations will do what needs to be done,â€ Bettman who saw the Islanders win 6-4 said. â€œI donâ€™t react to things that are described to me.â€
Avery who in the past has had his share of suspensions from the league believes that Wisniewski should be strongly disciplined but doesnâ€™t think that will happen.
â€œItâ€™s pretty obvious what the guy was doing,â€ Avery said. â€œbut Iâ€™m sure nothing will happen to him because nothing ever happens. Itâ€™s interesting, heâ€™s get a warning for something like that. Can you imagine if I did that? They send me to rehab the last I did something. Itâ€™s crazy.â€