What happened last night in Nashville was ridiculous, and the league has shown its true colors. I know the limit on player fines is set in the CBA and that's fine (even if a 2,500 limit is laughably low), but this incident has made it abundantly clear to anyone with functioning brain cells where the league's real priorities are:words are worse than violence. The standard suggested here is insane, intolerable, and has no place in civilized competition.
What Zetterberg "did" to Weber in the half-second before the incident happens a hundred times in a hockey game. Using it as an excuse to not suspend him is ridiculous--if a Detroit player makes a run at Weber at puck drop tomorrow, will he evade suspension? After all, he was just retaliating. What about Zetterberg? Did he have to be injured to justify a suspension? Shove a gun in someone's face and pull the trigger only to have it wrestled away from you or deflected at the last second: good luck convincing a jury you had no malicious intent to injure the other person.
I know I'm a Red Wings fan and all but this is just disgusting. If it were a borderline hit or something--fine--those can go either way. But grabbing a player's head and slamming it face-first into the glass should never be acceptable.
Gary Bettmann and the NHL should be ashamed of themselves. I can't in good conscience encourage people to follow or support a game that is run like this.