Pronger is this generation's Brad Park (except he actually won a Norris)
Point is, he'll be overshadowed by Lidstrom. But Pronger is one of the greatest players of his era. His playoff numbers alone, with three different teams in the Finals, are very impressive. He's easily a first ballot guy.
Players don't know when their teammate has been cheapshotted or not. They just see a guy down and react without thinking, in the heat of the moment. And it's not their job to attend to an injured Girardi. They're not doctors. The team doctors can do their jobs better.
I have no problem with it. It deters players from taking shots at your stars, whether they're clean or not. I don't want Datsyuk getting hit with a nice, clean hit either, and would have no problem if someone went after the guy that did it.
Retaliation isn't what will take hitting out of the game. The NHL's new rules and views on player safety are doing that by itself.