Jan 4, 2012, 9:05 PM EDT
However you explain it, the decision isn’t expected to come until sometime before Barch’s Florida Panthers play on Thursday. Nick Kypreos reports that Barch’s much-delayed hearing will come at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
The sensitive nature of the situation and tough task of compiling proper evidence probably explains the curious amount of time required to make the decision. That being said, the unexpected build-up gives it the feel of a precedent-setting verdict, even if the NHL has handed out suspensions and other punishments for (alleged) racial slurs in the past.
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