TSN: Avs trade Morris and Keith Ballard to PHX for Gratton, Vaananen and a 2 in '05
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03-09-2004, 09:02 AM
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I wish their was a scratching head face icon.
Definitely not getting this one. I really like Vaanonen, he's a great defenseman, solid as a rock. He's a rock number 3 defenseman. I also view Derek Morris as a number 3 defenseman, although a totally different one. So in my opinion it's essentially a wash there.
So then we are left with Keith Ballard for Chris Gratton. I would be inclined to give up a mid round for Gratton, especially considering if Gratton plays well for the Avs he could be a good addition. BUT, not at the expense of your best prospect by a significant margin. Why? Ballard is no question a Top 50 prospect.
UGH, this is one of the worst deals that I can remember on deadline day.
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