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10-23-2012, 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Luck 6 View Post
Why? Ballard is overpaid, that's definite, but he's still a very good #5 defenseman on the Canucks deep blue line. I'm fine with paying him 4.2mil, we have no better use of that cap space. Hence, he won't be traded for a draft pick.

If he were and we're strictly discussing value, I bet some team would bite and try to reclaim him for a 2nd. If not, a 3rd and a 4th. Personally, I wouldn't trade him for either package though unless we desperately needed cap space.

The thing about players like Ballard is there are lots of them available for nothing. They can also be signed for much cheaper. Players like Rozsival, Sarich, Hannan, Fistric, Stralman, etc... were all had for free and 2 million or less.

There are just an excess of relatively solid defencemen who can step in and play bottom pairing with the occasional second pairing. Ballard's multi-year 4 year contract is just way to restrictive to give him any value.

Simple supply and demand.

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