Thread: Proposal: Montreal - Vancouver
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01-19-2011, 03:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Winroba View Post
Ballard is 28 and he was scratched because he couldn't walk all summer and had a concussion as soon as he was getting back up to speed.

If we move Ballard than we only have 4 guys signed next year (Edler, Hamhuis, Parent & Rome) and only 2 will probably be on the lineup next year. Ballard is the safety net if Erhoff, Bieksa & Salo all go to FA/retire.

You also have to keep in mind the minutes they play. Ballard is currently playing 16 - 18 mins a night because I don't think he's completely healthy from the off-season. We've already got a lot of scoring defenders (Erhoff, Bieksa, Edler) and Ballard is good because he is extremely physical and wears down other teams.

Also, he's been playing full time with Andrew Alberts, who has been an extremely good #6 but he's not nearly a top quality partner that Salo will be when he returns and Alberts is put in the press box.

We don't need cap space and more often than not, no trades at all is the best option. Especially since the Canucks are tied for #1 without a fully healthy lineup.
Exactly. Ballard hasn't been given a fair shot this year because of injuries. First, they keep him out of the lineup until he's healthy, but when he gets back, guys like Edler, Ehrhoff, Hamhuis, and Bieksa are all playing great at the same time. Who are you going to give more icetime to? The four guys already playing well, or the guy who's missed the past month?

Losing Ehrhoff this offseason could be a blessing in disguise for the Canucks, if Gillis decides to go that route. Ballard will instantly become our #3 defender, which means 20-25 minutes a game. His contract looks bad right now, and it might turn out to be in the long run, but he needs to be given a fair shot first.

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