As most of you already know, Jesse Boulerice was suspended for 25 games after his crosscheck to Ryan Kesler's face a couple days ago. The question is, was it enough?
By terms of Chris Simon getting the same sentence last year, yes, it's a perfect punishment.
But by terms of Steve Downie getting 20 for an unnecessary hit on Dean McAmmond, Boulerice should have gotten at least 30 games.
The league is obviously failing in their attempt to eliminate the blows to the head that has been a minor, but still semi-prevalent problem for many years.
One team being handed a total of 45 man-games lost to suspension from blows to the head is absurd in one season, but in less than three weeks is absolutely ludicrous. It is clear to me that dealing out worse and worse penalties to these hits isn't working like they *coughbettmancough* would like, and here is my idea:
Penalize the team as well.
Plain and simple, if a team/coach is fined $10,000 for sending "goons" on the ice after a barely - if at all - legal hit, then why shouldn't a team be fined for one - let alone two - of their players take out a player with his stick or body to the victim's head?
Would McSorley have hit Brashear if he knew Boston would have been fined 10G? Maybe. Would Bertuzzi have sucker-punched Steve Moore if Vancouver were to be fined 10 grand? Probably. Would Chris Simon have baseballed Hollweg? Maybe not, but he was "concussed". Though I highly doubt Steve Downie would have taken out McAmmond if the Flyers were to be fined upwards of 10 or 20 large, because taking out McAmmond was a mistake on his part, possibly ending his NHL career before it started. But I doubt Philly would have even signed him into the Phantoms in the AHL if THEY had to pay for Downie's actions as well.
And Boulerice would likely be out of a job in Philly if it cost them heavily. Knowing their job could be in danger, it might make players think twice or three times before they let their emotions control them into harmful situations.
P.S. Maybe they should just pay for the players Hospital Bill XD