Actions like what Thornton just did disgust me. I'm not against fighting but I am against stupidity he'll probably get a significant suspension maybe 10 games but in all honesty if it were up to me he'd be suspended for something like 20-30 games. I think the league needs to make an example out of guys who think they can do stuff like that and really send a message
Edit: also the **** was Neal doing? I only seen it once but didn't look like an accident to me. These things are not good for the game that's why I suggest very aggressive punishment.
This Thornton assault reminds me why I can't stand Andrew Ference's assaults on guy who didn't want to dance. If Ference KO's Stempniak everyone would be disgusted, but if he "just" punches Stempniak in the head a couple times, idiots give him praise. It's such a double standard.
I see a difference in guys that were punching back (Upshall) and guys who were looking away, then get slew-footed, and punched in the head on the ground, all without knowing what was going on.
Okay you're right, that is pretty rude. I think he's a nice guy and was a great player. I used to like him, heard him on air with Strudwick a couple months ago and thought he was great. So he's not an utter moron, but his legacy and reputation is becoming tarnished with his boneheaded, arbitrary, soft handed method of operating as league disciplinarian. There is seemingly no plan, no basis or no real mandate behind any of the suspensions he's been handing down IMO. There is no code in hockey anymore, and little to no respect amongst the players. Officiating is pathetic and Shanahan isn't fooling, nor scaring any of the players. If he wanted to send a message he would've suspended Dupuis at least 5, give Neal (repeat offender) 10 and Scott Thornton at 15-20.