Before I say anything more, understand what Rick Rypein did Tuesday night in Minnesota was unacceptable and very much suspension worthy.
What he did grabbing the jersey of a cheering fan for no apparent reason other than his own frustration is a strict violation of NHL policy.
However, one thing keeps sticking in my mind. Rypein was suspended indefinitely in a situation when no one was injured. But Matt Cooke and Mike Richards are still playing hockey, and were after their devastating hits last year.
Again, what Rypein did was wrong, but I think head shots are no doubt worse. Suspended indefinitely for an incident when no one is injured, but a guy like Cooke isn't while Savard is still struggling with PCS. Richards isn't when he probably ruined a good player in David Booth. It doesn't really add up to me.
In the first week of the NHL season, James Wisniewski was suspended two games for making an obscene gesture to Seam Avery. Are you telling me these things don't happen all the time on the ice? Of course. This was just captured on camera. But the real sad part was Niklas Hjarmalsson was also suspended two games for hitting Jason Pominville, who had to be taken out on a stretcher.
NHL: get your priorities straight.