Report: Holland to appeal suspensions

Updated: January 26, 2009, 4:30 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said last week he wasn't happy about NHL commissioner Gary Bettman's decision to suspend Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk one game for skipping out on All-Star weekend.

Now it looks like he's doing something about it.

Holland plans to appeal to Bettman's ruling, which calls for the pair of All-Stars to sit Tuesday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, according to the Toronto Sun.

The league's general managers made the decision to punish those who pull out of the weekend after several players skipped the Atlanta festivities a year ago.

Lidstrom, who is dealing with tendinitis, and Datsyuk, who is hobbled by a sore hip, cited the injuries for their absences. But Bettman still lowered the boom, leaving Holland shaking his head.

"I disagree with the decision, but I'm not running the league," Holland told ESPN.com on Friday.

Heading into Tuesday's game, the defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings lead the Central Division by 10 points.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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