Sarah McLellan of azcentral sports has reported that according to Paul Bissonnette‘s agent Mark Guy, Biznasty will in fact be appealing his 10 game suspension for leaving the bench to fight.
In my opinion this is definitely the right move. The rule is ridiculous. The fact that there is an automatic suspension for laving the bench on an illegal line change to start an altercation and not for an illegal check to the head is mind-boggling. The fact that Bissonnette is receiving 10 games for a play that resulted in no injury and Eric Gryba received 2 games for his hit on Lars Eller (video below) shows just how backwards discipline is in the NHL.
This isn’t the first time I have questioned how discipline works in the NHL. When Rick Nash hit Tomas Kopecky last season and received no suspension it became clear to me just how arbitrary supplementary discipline is in the NHL. It is also clear that the NHL has no intention of fixing it. They have proposed things like hybrid icing and smaller goalie pads but nothing about regulating supplementary discipline.