Ballard tried to roll and duck away from Martin. If there is any suspension, it's based on the result, not the action. How many times have people seen a penalty or a suspension that came about not because of the action, but the end result? Everyone hates it. Ballard should have taken the hit, but avoidance is an understandable reflex. As for the fact that a couple guys went after Martin, so that means it was dirty, is quite the stretch of the imagination. It happens all the time with clean hits these days.
Good discussion, folks. I gotta admit that I'm falling in the "If it comes at the end of every game, it's hollow" group. I always thought it was a nice thing for them to do at the end of the season.
My guess is that the Leafs fans an the Toronto media are both to blame for this one. Fans bitched a bit...media reported it to be bigger than it is...fans latched on and bitched louder...media reported the growing snowball...you get the picture.
I'll admit that before last year, I was ready to see a change behind the bench. It didn't seem to me like there was motivation to continue doing a good job...from coach or players. Last season fixed that for me. What that team accomplished with the resources they had gave me one thought...60 more years for Babcock!