The CHL has completed the punishments for Komets goaltender Nick Boucher and defenseman Bryan Molle, stemming from their acts in a brawl Friday, early in a 5-4 loss to Bloomington.
Boucher got four games. Molle got three. They've both served two already, so Molle can play Friday against Arizona and Boucher can play Saturday against Evansville.
In case you're late to the party, Molle began pummeling Ryan Palmer, inciting a melee near the Bloomington net. After Blaze goaltender Brian Mahoney-Wilson got involved, Boucher came the length of the ice and punched a defenseless Mahoney-Wilson.
What do I think? I'm glad you asked. I don't have a problem with the suspensions. Molle and Boucher really could have hurt people. Especially Boucher, who had time to formulate a plan and opted not to just grab Mahoney-Wilson and square off.
However, the CHL must take some responsibility for this. The impetus of all of this was Palmer's clip of Brett Smith -- click here -- and a month later, I don't see at all how they came up with only a one-game suspension for attempted decapitation.
Palmer must be sitting somewhere laughing his head off, though. He knocked Smith out for one game, Colin Chaulk out for three (so far), Molle for three and Boucher for four. And what did he get? A one-game suspension and couple bruises.