Not to say directed to the head. I agree to the fact that hits are meant to be felt and injuries may occur, but some of those hits there are straight out intent to injure.
Like the Lindros hit, or the cross check to the head on the player upside down on the bench.
I'm glad he's not in the game anymore.
So you would like to see hits lose all hints of violence, and just turn the hitting into rub out or poke checks?
The type of player that can hit like Stevens yet remain defensively sound is extremely rare, I really don't see the need to penalize part of the game that is entertaining, and effective not to mention completely subjective and excessively hard to make rulings unless you just ban hitting.
I would agree that some of hits deserved more discipline, but I'd still love to see another Scott Stevens in the NHL today(especially if he's on the Wings).
Also don't forget a lot of people say Kronwall's hits are intent to injure too and that he jumps, it's a very hard concept to make a general rule about.