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by Paul on 12/01/09 at 02:31 PM ET
via Reid Cherner & Tom Weir of Game On Blog at USA TODAY,
If Ballard’s swing had felled an opponent, the call would be out to have him banned for the season. Just because his stupidity hurt only a teammate is no reason to go lightly on his punishment. He needs at least a couple of weeks off the ice.
added 12:42pm, from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,
Yes, what Ballard did was stupid. But it’s a stupid action that’s commonly done in frustration and accepted as the norm in the NHL.
But it’s easy to be almighty and righteous and pile on Ballard—Hey, who’d be stupid enough to smack his own goalie, right? It’s also unfair.
added 1:10pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Suppose an NHL player wound up and took a two-handed swing with his hockey stick, baseball-style, which connected with another player squarely in the face.
Suppose that injured player received a laceration on the ear and was forced to leave the game on a stretcher.
What would be the penalty?
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