Star player of the Leafs #81 Phil Kessel used his stick as a weapon and intentionally double slashed John Scott of the Sabres. Result? a 3 game preseason suspension.
Zack Kassian #9 of the Vancouver Canucks recklessly swung his stick and accidentally hit Sam Gagner of the Edmonton Oilers in the face that resulted into a broken jaw. Gagner will miss 2 months because of this incidence according to the Oilers.
Huge loss for Edmonton obviously because they're already missing their #1 centre in Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
Zack Kassian on the other hand will be suspended for a total of 8 games. 3 preseason games plus 5 regular season games.
Duncan Keith #2 of the Chicago Blackhawks with the elbow to the head of #22 of the Vancouver Canucks Daniel Sedin. A dirty hit. No question. There's a lot of history between these two teams. There's a lot of bad blood. These 2 teams just don't like each other.
Sedin ended up missing the rest of the regular season with a concussion. Duncan Keith on the other hand only got 5 games for the hit.
Duncan Keith #2 of the Chicago Blackhawks with a one hand slash to the face of #77 of the LA Kings Jeff Carter. To me this is a more dangerous hit than the Phil Kessel one. But Keith for some reason only got 1 game for the hit. Keep in mind that Keith is also a repeat offender.
As you can see there's no consistency at all with these suspensions.
An open ice elbow to the head hit has only resulted into a 5 game suspension. A slash to the face has only resulted into a 1 game suspension by a repeat offender. And a reckless(not intentional) high stick has resulted into an 8 game suspension. It doesn't make sense.
As a fan i'm confused because i don't know what's a suspendable play anymore. And i'm sure the players feel the same way.