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02-27-2012, 04:39 PM
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I really wish that people would stop bringing up the Ballard trade into discussions like this. How the hell was Gills supposed to know that Hamhuis wanted to sign here? His rights were traded to two teams before he signed here for God's sake! It's also clear the AV and Ballard dont mesh particularly well. Again, how was Gillis supposed to know that?
I hear ya that Ballard hasn't been quite as advertised....but there are a number of factors that have lead to how Ballard has played here in Vancouver.
I'll give you Sturm though. What an odd signing.
I understand why they traded for Ballard. But whether or not they signed Hamhuis, Ballard has been a terrible fit and wholly unsuitable for a role that's commensurate to his contract. Gillis dropped the ball in that he acquired a player who doesn't fit the Canucks style and is the type of player the coaching staff is unwilling to use. Given that the guy that runs the Canucks' defense has coached Ballard in the past in Phoenix, that's a pretty big oversight.
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