Read this article in the Columbus paper.
I LOVE the first posted comment here under the article:
"don't hold your breath waiting for a suspension Chimmer. The past has told us that it is open season on Blue jackets as far as the league is concerned."
I guess I didn't know the NHL had in it for the Bluejackets. Some sort of conspiracy to keep them down, I guess. But onto "the hit":
Sure, the Belanger hit on Jason Chimera was cheap and illegal. Sure, Belanger deserved the game misconduct he received and sure, the hit might even merit a short suspension. And I can understand Jason Chimera's anger, but I think it's time to forgive and accept that it's part of the game.
Fifteen minutes after the game Belanger called Chimera and apologized. Belanger is not a cheap player, seriously. One major penalty in his entire career. This is an unfortunate incident, but at the ridiculously fast speed that the NHL is played at these things happen sometimes. Did Belanger show poor judgment in not pulling up? Absolutely, but he is not Lee Harvey Oswald.