**Note** This blog was originally posted on December 14, 2013. Due to site upgrades, we had to repost this on December 23.
Shawn Thornton received a 15 game suspension today for his attack (hurts to call it that, but it’s true) on Brooks Orpik. I would have gone either 10 or 12 but 15 is fair. He’s never done anything deserving of a suspension in his career, but this is the kind of example in which the NHL really does have to send a message. Only problem is that, compared to James Neal, the suspension is a little confusing, just because Neal’s was bullshit.
A guy who headhunted two Flyers during the same damn shift two years ago (and would’ve gotten him more than 1 game if it wasn’t the playoffs), and also dished out a headshot during his time in Dallas, got only 5 for kneeing Marchand. His knee easily could’ve gotten Marchand unfortunately on the temple as Thornton’s fist did, and we’d remember this a lot differently. He didn’t even get an in person suspension, which is insane. Neal should’ve had 10, and Thornton either the same or a little more. So 15 for Thornton is pretty much fair, but it raises more questions about how Neal got off so lightly.