Has Mason Raymond, Keith Ballard and a 2nd become .......
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05-01-2012, 11:15 AM
dave babych returns
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As far as I'm concerned - Raymond is a complete unknown. He certainly has much less trade value than his potential at this point (and he could relatively easily get back to the player he was a couple of years ago at this point), and the Canucks could very well let him go for nothing just as easily as they could sign him and see what he's got to offer. If he moves it will be a "buy low" proposition for the team acquiring him, meaning his value is obviously minimal now. Still he might have a place on a team desperate for speed or depth on the wings. Of course, none of this indicates he is a particularly desirable trade asset, just a good throw-in under certain circumstances.
Ballard I honestly think has (or should have) value. I think he played well this year and I think with the cap going up you're going to see guys who will subsequently have trouble cracking much worse top fours signing awfully similar looking deals around the league. Seriously when Bryan Allen signs a deal with a $3.5m cap hit, Carlo Coliacovo is higher than that and Johnny Oduya, Matt Carle and company are north of $4m is Ballard's $4.2 going to be a problem? Ballard's value is of course not what it was when the Canucks traded for him but I could see him moving in a deal where another team dumps an even higher salary (say James Wisniewski - the BJs would save themselves over $10m in that deal).
As for a 2nd round pick, meh. And yeah, Canucks-related proposals are probably going to be the bane of this board for the next few months, we had a disappointing year and the direction(s) the team has gone in over the last year or so have left a lot of different fans unhappy for a lot of different reasons so you're going to see all sorts of wingnut proposals while they contemplate how to make the team reflect their own ideas of what a championship team looks like.
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