12 October 2007
Yes the 25-game ban is nice, but the NHL still doesn't seem to have any rhyme or reason to their punishments. The NHL needs positive, not negative exposure in the US and the 20+ game suspension has almost become common-place. It's obviously not effective, because these types of incidents seem to be more common than they were just 10 years ago.
Greg Wyshanski has a good article on this as well at the NHL fanhouse that outlines some good ideas for punishments.
One thing I would like to see added: A team can't replace a players roster spot for the length of the suspension (And can't healthy scratch him). This would go for all violent conduct suspensions. A player might think twice if they were about to really hurt their team. Right now the team pays no price, Boulerice can be easily replaced in the lineup without costing the Flyers much of anything.
But if the Flyers had to play with a short bench (which would now be 2 men down with Downie out) well, the ramifications for him might be a little more severe.
Just an idea
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