Apples & oranges
Colby Cosh is smarter than this:
...for all you hockey lovers out there who have been calling for Todd Bertuzzi to be thrown out of the league forever and put in prison. Is it a particular problem for you that the Ottawa Senators just gave $13 million to a guy who killed a teammate and got zero jail time for it?
Personally, I think both Dany Heatley and Todd Bertuzzi got off lightly - although with a civil suit pending in Bertuzzi's case, we'll have to wait to see just what all his punishment adds up to in the end. Unfortunately, I don't think Cosh thought this one through. Because it's pretty obvious why reactions to the two situations have been so very different.
The first reason is intent. Heatley didn't mean to kill Snyder. Bertuzzi meant to hurt Moore. Like it or not, people will forgive unintentional mistakes more quickly than they will intentional ones.
The second reason is where the incidents occurred. People called for Bertuzzi to be banned from hockey because what he did was in hockey-space, on the ice. Heatley's transgression was away from the game and unrelated to it, and game punishments are therefore inappropriate.
For me, the real question is why neither of these guys are in jail, while this poor idiot's career has gone poof because he'll be spending the best part of his playing years behind bars.
Oh, that's right: Mike Danton was never a star.