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11-07-2012, 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Scurr View Post
Were you one of the people claiming Bieksa would be addition by subtraction a few years ago?
Yup. Not going to deny that.

And just because Bieksa had an absolutely miraculous turnaround (thanks, Hamhuis) doesn't mean Ballard will.

Just as the fact that Alex Burrows went from the ECHL to NHL 35-goal scorer doesn't mean that Anthony and Archibald will do so, also.

Bieksa is an utterly bizarre case. Spent 3 seasons as statistically the worst top-4 defender in the NHL and then immediately did a 180 when paired with Hamhuis. But at least in Bieksa's case he always had spurts of excellent play surrounded by much larger spurts of dire play. Ballard is just consistently a 4/10.

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