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09-09-2012, 07:04 PM
Join Date: Jun 2002
Ballard's salary going to Philly makes no sense - as was posted the last time you made a Ballard/Read proposal.
Raymond's also got very little value - just like Ballard right now.
How is Philly going to add the approx. $5mill in cap hit in this deal? And why would they give any value to Sauve? They have plenty of prospect dmen in their system already.
As was said last time you proposed a similar deal, the Flyers aren't going to deal a very cheap versatile forward for an expensive dman who's value is near rock-bottom.
Ballard won't be moved anywhere because a) his value is very low and Gillis isn't one to buy high and sell low, b) he carries a $4.2mill cap hit - and with the uncertainty of the CBA and his underachieving performances, what team is going to want that? And c) he has a fit in Vancouver. He is NEEDED to fill a hole on his natural side next to a rookie dman who's shown chemistry next to him. There is no one else in the system who has proven capable of filling that role on a contending team - and no Alberts/Sauve/Connauton are not the answer here.
Finally, given everything we know about Gillis and all the moves he's made since coming here (note specifically his focus on depth on defense, carrying 8 NHL experienced dmen the last several years, and his reluctance of pushing untested rookies into full-time roles too soon), do you really think that Gillis is even considering moving Ballard at all?
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