SI.com's Allan Muir has written that the five-game suspension given to L.A. Kings defenseman Denis Gauthier for a blatant shot to the head of Montreal's Josh Gorges makes a mockery of the NHL's stated intent to crack down -- no pun intended -- on such hits and "maintain the safest on-ice enviroment possible." Five games without pay is not a slap on the wrist, but Gauthier is well-known as cheap-shot artist. Sean Avery's reputation as an over-the-top agitator got him six games (and counting) for merely running his mouth in a vulgar fashion.
What's your take? Was Gauthier's suspension too lenient, just right, or too harsh? Do you think NHL discipline czar Colin Campbell is generally correct with the punishments he hands out, or is he too inconsistent? Are stiffer bans needed for shots such as Gauthier's? Fire away.