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09-09-2012, 06:14 PM
Join Date: Jun 2002
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Why wouldn't he consider moving Ballard he has a 4.2 million dollar cap and he is a 3rd pairing dman or a healthy scratch
Because you don't win games with empty cap space!
The Canucks have the cap space to keep Ballard. He is also needed here, as he is the BEST option - BY FAR - to play the 3rd pairing left side. He also has played next to Tanev successfully in the past and Tanev is coming into his first year here as a full-time player. They also lost Rome and Salo, and only added 1 dman (Garrison) to replace both. If Ballard is dealt, it moves Alberts into his spot, leaves the team with no experience at all behind him, while already carrying a rookie as a regular. Does that sound like Gillis to you?
And he hasn't been a healthy scratch since his first year here. Most of Ballard's problems came from learning the system and playing out of position (on the right side). He's played his best hockey here while playing the left side, and particularly next to Tanev.
Gillis isn't going to deal Ballard because he knows he's needed, he knows that his cap hit fits here, he knows that he's had success playing next to Tanev, he knows that he's got no options behind him if he's moved, and he knows his value is crap right now, where he has a much better chance at providing a bigger impact here than whatever return he can get in a trade for him.
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