Just fire this guy
Why beat around the bush?
It seems generally accepted that the NHL doesn't need players who do what Jesse Boulerice did to Ryan Kesler of the Canucks last night, and that Boulerice, a long-established thug, adds absolutely nothing of value to the NHL.
So why not just fire him?
You can give him 10 or 15 or 20 or 25 games if you want, but let's be clear about what we're dealing with here. Boulerice is the same character who, while playing junior, attacked Andrew Long of the Guelph Storm with his stick in April, 1998 in one of the most vicious, ugly stick incidents in hockey, ever. Long suffered serious facial and head injuries, and after being a fifth round draft NHL draft pick, never did get close to realizing his NHL dreams.
Long played in several different minor pro leagues, and we'll never know if Boulerice's stick attack changed Long's career forever. Boulerice, you may recall, was banned for the entire 1998-99 season. And apparently learned nothing. Zero.
There he was Wednesday night, after cross-checking an unsuspecting Kesler in the face for no apparent reason other than the fact Kesler dared to play hard against the Flyers, standing over his fallen victim, poised to drop his gloves if Kesler would only get up.
Yup, always the "policemen" committing the ugliest crimes.
No one, outside of Boulerice and his $475,000 a year paycheque and maybe the Philly Flyers, could care in the slightest if this goon ever skated another NHL game.
So fire him, already.
The NHL should just say, don't bother reporting to work again. Tell us where to send the severance cheques. Let him shop his skills in Europe or somewhere else.
But enough, already, of these no-talent goons in the best hockey league in the world. Next best idea? Suspend Philly coach John Stevens for the same amount of games as Boulerice for again - remember Steve Downie? - failing to control his players. When will coaches in the NHL ever be forced to accept some level of responsibility for the nasty crimes their players commit on the ice?