Right Move By Bettman

Ben CousinsCorrespondent IMarch 5, 2010

SUNRISE, FL - FEBRUARY 11: Keith Ballard #2 of the Florida Panthers skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the first period on February 11, 2010 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Canucks defeated the Panthers 3-0. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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Im trying to get my good posts from my NHL.com blog onto here, sorry if they are a little outdated.

Gary Bettman, commissioner of the NHL has had many questionable decisions in his career, his decision not to suspend Keith Ballard for his stick-swinging incident on his own goalie was the right one. 

For those who don't know what I'm talking about, on Tuesday, Keith Ballard was Chasing down Ilya Kovalchuk who was on a breakaway, Vokoun stopped the shot only to have Kovalchuk score on the rebound. Out of frustration, Ballard, swung his stick at the net in attempts to break it. He accidentally hit his goalie, Vokoun in head and he went down in a heap.

Many are saying he should be suspended for his actions, claiming that if it were the other team he hit, we would be looking at potentially a year-long suspension, this is ridiculous. That is, it wasn't the other team, which makes it obviously an accident. Ballard apparently had to be coaxed back onto the ice after the intermission and there are no hard feelings between the two. The rest of the league isn't mad, they are laughing about it. Then why suspend an accident, with no hard feelings. T

The story has been shown on Canadian sports broadcasts almost as much as the Tiger Woods car crash (Which is arguably more ridiculous, it's a freaking car crash). The embarrassment is punishment enough for Ballard.