If there was one player you would think the NHL might want to cut a break, it is Connor McDavid.He is a poster boy for their brand, the best player in the world, never complains about having to play in a garage league, zero history of anything even remotely dirty, and on the Nick Leddy hit that got him suspended, he simply miscalculated on a low-speed collision that didn’t result in any damage.If there’s one guy who deserved the benefit of the doubt on a first offence, it’s him.Instead, George Parros, the former Anaheim Duck and current head of the dizzying mess that calls itself NHL Player Safety, took the hard line, forcing McDavid to miss Saturday’s crucial showdown with Anaheim and Monday’s game in Nashville.McDavid’s teammates were all stunned that given McDavid’s track record, how he plays and after everything he does for the league, that on the first chance the NHL had to stick it to him, they took it.“It’s obviously hard, especially at this time of year,” said Leon Draisaitl. “We probably need him more than ever. We’re very disappointed in that decision. I think everyone knows he’s the last guy who plays that way. It’s a little too much for my liking.”Two games is little too much for everyone’s liking in Edmonton given that Leddy didn’t even want to leave the ice for the ensuing power play and went on to log 18:18 of ice time that night.If they’re trying to say this is the same thing as Erik Karlsson coming from across the street to knock Austin Wagner into next week, it’s not even close.“The whole world knows he’s not going out there trying to hurt people,” said teammate Zack Kassian. “He’s a world-class player and a world-class person. That’s the last thing he’s trying to do. It’s a tough decision.”The Oilers, like most other people in hockey — outside of the NHL’s television Yes Men — see this as another example of the dangerous inconsistency when it comes to discipline. You know who the NHL DID give a break to this week? Parros and the NHL Player Safety group decided leniency should go to Radko Gudas, a multiple repeat offender who whacked an opponent over the head with his stick. THAT’s the case where they decided to go easy and give somebody the benefit of the doubt.“It’s actually crazy,” said Kassian. “Connor’s was a hockey play. It’s unfortunate that there was head contact, but that’s a hockey play. What did Malkin get (for swinging a stick at an opponent’s head), one game? Connor would have been better off to stop and tomahawk him in the head.”At least there is some wiggle room when it comes to swinging sticks at people’s heads. But not for bang-bang plays that don’t result in a player even missing a shift.It’s become policy now that one-game suspension isn’t an option on head shots (it’s either two or nothing, which in itself is stupid because it doesn’t provide any flexibility to account for the difference between what Karlsson did and what McDavid did, or between accidental or deliberate), but this could have easily been an instance where they rule it an accident, keep the incident on file and move on. No harm, no suspension.“He’s not that type of player,” said winger Alex Chiasson. “I know he’s frustrated with the call; I think we all are.”It’s not like he banged somebody’s head off the ice a few times or hacked the end of somebody’s finger off, two incidents that Player Safety shrugged off as a hockey play and an accident when Sidney Crosby did them.“No offence to (oft-suspended Washington winger) Tom Wilson, but it it’s a Tom Wilson-type, or even me, who hits a lot, I could see it being two games with the reputation,” said Kassian. “But here’s a guy who’s taken about 30 penalties his whole career. It’s very harsh.”If I’m Connor McDavid I’m putting up the Do Not Disturb sign for a while when it comes to NHL appearances.All Star game? Pass.NHL Awards? If I’m not up for anything, pass.NBC interview? Pass.Not to say I’m bigger than the league, but I would just do my talking on the ice and let Parros and Gudas be the PR stars.“He should have told the league he’s going to the KHL,” joked Kassian. “He’s the best player in the world. I don’t know what the NHL is trying to do or what their idea was behind this, but it’s (you can probably guess).”Follow me on firstname.lastname@example.orgOil Spills podcast: Trade deadline approaches with Edmonton Oilers in sell modeThe Edmonton Oilers are indeed sellers for the 2019 NHL trade deadline coming up on Feb. 25. They dealt goalie Cam Talbot to the Philadelphia Flyers for Anthony Stolarz in order to clear salary cap room for defenceman Andrej Sekera, who returned to the Oilers lineup from injury.But can the Oilers under interim general manager Keith Gretzky reasonably do much else besides give players away for middling draft picks to try to clear salary off the books?Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Google Play or Soundcloud. You can also listen via the player below.