It appears as if the NHL has decided that a return to a more brutal era in hockey will be just the thing for ratings. In fact, they seem perfectly willing to tolerate headhunting such as the hit Dion Phaneuf put on Kyle Okposo in a pre-season game.
The latest example is a hit made by Philadelphia Flyers' center and captain Mike Richards on Florida Panthers forward David Booth (see video above). Richards' blindsides Booth and catches him in the jaw with his shoulder. Booth was unconcious, so a concussion was at least part of his injuries.
Richards was given a five minute penalty and a game misconduct, but the NHL has decided that no further penalty is indicated. What do you think? Will it take something like this happening to a Crosby or an Ovechkin before the NHL changes?