You're right, it should be more. However, due to the way the league is currently structured, Keith can't receive 10, 15, 20+ games as the precedent has already been set this year with what other players have received.
After watching how the NFL cracked down on the Saints, my first reaction was, "That seems way too harsh." However, after quick thought, I realized that the NFL will do whatever it takes to get things out of the league quickly. The NFL suspension to the Saints may seem overly harsh, but you can bet your bottom dollar no other team will even consider placing bounties on other teams.
And this is what the NHL should do with headshots. If you want it out of the game, you have to start setting the precedent next season. Tell the league that hits like Doan's and Keith's will not be tolerated and a suspension of 20 games will be the precedent. This is enough to deter any player, whether they make $600,000 or $7,000,000 a year think twice about targeting the head of another player. So a player who makes $7 million would forfeit $1,750,000 in salary, while the a $600,000 would forfeit $150,000 (not to mention the possibility of losing their spot when they return).
This should be the standard, but I do not have high hopes that the NHL can get it right when it comes to protecting their players.
Completely agree with all of this. I know this season they can't suspend Keith for more, because the precedent has been set. But if the league was serious about player safety they would make a tape in the offseason of all the suspendable hits from this year and send it out to the teams stating what those will earn next season, which should be significantly more.
Isn't coming off the bench to join a scrum an automatic 10 game suspension? Yet a blatant hit like this to injure is 5. Next year a hit like Keith's, whether first time offender or not, should warrant absolutely no less than 10 games.