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10-18-2011, 12:26 AM
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ProstheticConscience
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Just dropped in to check out your GDT when I spied this thread.

IMHO, Ballard's troubles last year were mostly due to something very bizarre and dysfunctional going on in his relationship with coach Vigneault. Now, all coaches have their pets and their whipping boys, but AV took it to absurd levels last year with Ballard. Any miscue was instantly met with being benched or scratched in favour of Aaron Rome, which had us all hyperventilating and yelling at our tvs out here. It really was mind-boggling how determined AV seemed to ruin any utility Ballard had as a player and any value he might have had on the trade market. To his credit, Ballard has never once complained as others have (see Shane O'Brien or Matthieu Schneider). He's been okay so far, but he's nowhere near the level his contract would warrant. Contracted Canuck-defenseman-itis as well last season and caught the injury bug so fond of our blueline. Didn't help he was coming off hip surgery in the offseason last year and he had real trouble pivoting in the early going, which might have been the early reason for his demotion to the doghouse. Still, we need all the dmen we can get especially as Sami Salo, Mr Glass Body himself is still around. Oh, and Redden for Ballard = no thanks.

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