The issue is that Bollig didn't drop the gloves and demand a fight with Weise, he simply sucker punched a guy who wasn't expecting it
You're absolutely right....and, with that, it appears the league's learned NOTHING since the Bertuzzi incident because an innocent looking "sucker punch" can quickly turn into something different.
So, let me see if I've got this straight as per NHL rules as we've witnessed them:
If you are ticked off and sucker punch an unwilling opponent you will be thrown out, charged, and carry a black mark for years. Oh, but not on Tuesdays and if you're wearing red? OK, I think I get it?
The day the NHL started assessing (don't be fooled, they do...Hossa is a perfect example) and determing the penalization based on the extent of injury was the day they really gave way to embellishing and diving. They're basically letting the players work it and the act itself should be the marker - not the pre-existing injury history or how badly someone is hurt (we can't coddle you - if you can't play don't). Or at least be consistent - in which case Boychuk? Hello? Sure, consider a repeat offender because, obviously, they need a strong message. But the injury itself is a luck of the draw thing and doesn't really indicate the viciousness of the hit. This was a very innocent swipe that is obvious now that Hossa's back. And yes, be proactive and cautious but also recognize that contact is part of this sport and this was not a "hit", it was a bump.
Anyhow, personally I've invested FAR too much energy on this one..."it is what it is". We've always had to find a way to battle through this crap and the NHL is becoming glaringly obvious, so will have to respond to that at some point. It discredits the game when it isn't played on an even playing field.