Good God, what is happening to the NHL? Suspensions for "sending a message"? This has been part of the game since the beginning of time. What exactly is "sending a message"? The ultimate purpose of every hockey fight is to "send a message". Will fighting result in automatic suspensions?
Don't get me wrong, I believe that players that use their sticks as club weapons in an attempt to injure should be suspended. Carcillo in my view used his glove and not his stick in the incident, and should not have been suspended.
The NHL has opened a book that shouldn't have been opened. A pandora's box you might say.
Is a face wash with a glove an attempt to send a message? It sure is! Was Billy Guerin attempting to send a message with his altercation with Brandon Coborn? He sure was!
The NHL is guilty of over-meddling in certain parts of the game they have no business!
In the immortal words of Jim Carr, "THIS IS HOCKEY"!