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Ballard doesn’t ‘give a [blank]’ if Bollig texts him or not

May 13, 2014, 12:46 PM EDT

Keith Ballard is refusing to make a federal case out of the illegal hit he received from Chicago’s Brandon Bollig on Friday — even though the hit earned Bollig a two-game suspension for boarding and left Ballard injured.

From Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times:

Ballard is expected to return to Minnesota’s lineup tonight, replacing Nate Prosser on the Wild’s blue line.

As for whether Bollig has reached out via text since the hit, Ballard said too much gets made of that sort of thing.

“I don’t give a [blank],” he said. “I honestly don’t. It’s fine. That’s what happens.”

It’s a good thing Ballard is a professional hockey player and not a sanctimonious sportswriter or crazed internet commenter, because clearly working himself into a frenzy of outrage isn’t a strength.

  1. greej1938l - May 13, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    I don’t give a “blank” of you guys like this post or not

  2. cfos00 - May 13, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    He’s 100% right. It just looked like a bad hit, and we’ve seen plenty of other hits that looked a whole lot more malicious in the playoffs. Glad he’s not trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill, esp with Bollig having to sit out. Good on him for being a professional.

    • clarke16 - May 13, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      Like I’ve been saying consistently about all the sanctimonious whiners up in arms about Cooke’s hit, Rupp’s hit on Oshie, this Bollig hit and most others–most of you fans are clueless as to the real nature as well as speed of the game. As was further pointed out–you won’t see the players who are hit whining about it. They know it’s part of the game and any given moment could be on either side of hits like this…

      Hockey is starting to have too many fans–fringe fans who have no clue what they’re watching…

      • no - May 13, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        but you…you know what’s good. please enlighten us, your underlings.

  3. matt14gg - May 13, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Love this comment by Ballard. In certain circles people have this idea that the guy who sends a text, or goes and pats his opponent on the ass is somehow “classy”. It’s all nonsense of course. Ballard’s a guy who has been taking out other guys’ knees for years. It would have been easy for him to be the martyr and gain sympathy, but instead he stayed true to the competitive spirit of the game. To paraphrase: ‘screw it, it’s no big deal, he’s trying to win and so are we…no hard feelings’. This is the kind of thing clueless fans would know nothing about, but that’s because they take hollow gestures such as “the heartfelt text” as some sort of “classy” move when all it really is is a few strokes of the keyboard that mean nothing. Good for Ballard for not taking the bait and feeding some clueless reporter’s notebook.

  4. esracerx46 - May 13, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Did Nate Prosser play Sunday? I don’t remember his name

    • purpleguy - May 13, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      He was the Wild defenseman near the net as the Hawks scored.

  5. ipaintrinks - May 13, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    way to be a man and not make it into a big [blanking] deal.

  6. homegrowntalentmn - May 13, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    bollig just needs to let up on the hit. kind of lack of respect for his fellow hockey player

  7. patthehockeyfan - May 13, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    “It’s a good thing Ballard is a professional hockey player and not a sanctimonious sportswriter or crazed internet commenter, because clearly working himself into a frenzy of outrage isn’t a strength.”

    Things would be a lot different had Bollig squirted water on Ballard.

  8. r8rbhawk - May 13, 2014 at 1:51 PM


    And leave him out of the lineup the remainder of the playoffs

    • comeonnowguys - May 13, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      If the Wild win and this thing goes 7, I’ll officially be nervous. No way Q can quit that guy.

    • purpleguy - May 13, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      I hope you’re nervous as hell in two days, but I doubt you’ll be as nervous as most MN fans are tonight. The Hawks always win these types of games, damn them.

  9. ColonelFancy - May 13, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Not quite a Dustin Penner-like response, but still pretty funny.

  10. muckleflugga - May 13, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    you have to like keith ballard in the present, distanced from vigneault’s and gillis’ routine on canucks … talk about being under-valued … well not quite, he left the organization with lots of their change jangling in his pockets

    but home in minnesota, he seems to be realizing former potential so, good on him and good on the wild

    i may have been unkind in deriding ballard’s drop on the bollig take-out, but who really knows what a thump to the old brain pan feels like … ballard does seem better, seemingly free of jet lag after the quick turn around to the sandunovskie banya in moscow, lourdes, side trip to the wailing wall in jerusalem, and quiet moments of contemplation touching the hem of marian hossa’s robe … no

    to text or not to text: that is the question: whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the knees and elbows of an outrageous bollig, or to take arms against a sea of hawks, and by opposing end them? to play: to check by weapon of hip; no more; and by a play to say we end the heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to, ’tis hockey …

    for who would bear the spears and squirts of time, the oppressor’s shoulder, the proud man’s cross-check, the hackery of despised play, concussion protocol’s delay, but that the dread of something after the whistle, the undiscover’d light show stars a-twinkle from whose bourn no traveller returns …

    puzzles the will and makes us rather bear those ills we have than fly to others that we know not of by text though better by word

    thus ringing conscience and tinnitus ear does make nervous of us all, most of all bollig the brandon upon who’s manly visage a retaliatory stroke will fall

    • clarke16 - May 13, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      I like it, Muckles…but you do of course realize that perhaps 10% of those here have the attention span to read that and, of them, maybe one/five the intellect to comprehend it?

      Keep up the good work… 😉

      • guitarhunterdude - May 13, 2014 at 4:43 PM

        You lost me when I saw numbers.

  11. hockeyornothing - May 13, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Good work Mu…..
    Lots of work.

  12. blomfeld - May 13, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Another ‘brilliant’ move by Mike Gillis eh ? … just like like Willie Mitchell two years ago. Anyway, I wish the best for Ballard and the Wild in going forward …


    ps: man do I ever ‘hope and pray’ that Einstein Gillis ends up going to Ovi and crew in Washington … because if he does, it’s quite possible that I may not be able to ‘ever’ stop laughing ? :)

  13. purpleguy - May 13, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Appropriate response by Ballard. This whining for an apology crap for marginal hits is ridiculous anyway, not that Bollig really looks like the apologizing type in the first place.

  14. comeonnowguys - May 13, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Bollig’s two notable contributions this year:

    1. Scoring the first goal of the season for the team.

  15. jpat2424 - May 13, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Wonder if Ballard will text Bollig ” hey Brandon did you like my dive “.

  16. chiadam - May 13, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Did Stoner text Shaw?

    • strictlythedanks - May 13, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      he offered him a puffuva the danks

    • comeonnowguys - May 13, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      Wasn’t dirty, though it had more of an impact on the series.

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