C Stewart for K Ballard
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11-12-2012, 01:34 PM
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Not at this point. Ballard is a contributing member of a very very good team. If it works cap wise players like Ballard on the 3rd pairing give the Canucks superior depth compared to lottery teams. .
But he is protected by the solid depth the Canucks have. On a team with a budget he would need to play tougher minutes and I am not sure he has demonstrated that over the past couple of seasons. He is a legit number 4 dman, but he is overexposed beyond that - very much like Jackman in St. Louis.
His contract lowers his value considerably and has to be taken into account. 4.2 million for the next 3 seasons -assuming we have a season would make him the 2nd highest paid dman behind Pie who is due for a raise next year. He would be the highest paid dman this year.
He doesn't have that kind of value to teams on budgets. Teams not on budgets that can afford that would tend to be all at the cap ceiling already or just below. For what he does and his minutes he is overpaid by about 2 million per year.
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