Man, it seems like every other day there's a new controversy involving a hit.
Although I actually have to say, I think the NHL's doing a decent job.
Downie's hit was ridiculous and everyone knows he's a headcase. Does it really matter so much whether he left his skates a fraction of a second before the contact or a fraction of a second after? It's not like he just fell down. Boulerice's cross check was equally ridiculous. They were getting slaughtered, there was no remotely hockey-related reason why he'd be skating around and suddenly raise his stick up. You can't even argue that people should skate with their heads up or look where they're going or some other stupid shit. If you have to skate around on your guard at all times that someone's going to viciously clothesline you with the their stick there's really no point to hockey.
The Jones hit was different. It *looks* really bad, and yeah, it's illegal. He should be suspended a few games but there's nothing in there that's intentionally malicious. It was just a badly timed check. Boulerice stopped suddenly and turned and wasn't really balanced and Jones shove caught him harder than it should have. The potential for injury is the exact reason you can't check from behind but it's also one of those things that you know is going to happen. People screw up. Two games seems about right to me.