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11-12-2012, 03:06 PM
Join Date: Apr 2012
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maybe i am wrong, but has ballard been in and out of the lineup as in his play has not earned him a steady spot in the lineup or a ticket out of town to a team that thinks his paycheck equals out to a quality top 4 defenseman?
i live on the east coast, so maybe i have it wrong.
i think you are right that the caps fans say no to this suggestion
Two seasons ago when he was first acquired, Ballard struggled with recovering from his off-season surgery and wasn't able to secure an everyday spot. Hamhuis, Bieksa, Edler, Ehrhoff and Salo all outperformed him, and our coaches used the 6th spot as a rotating door. His performance last season was night and day compared to the previous, and he was a steady fixture on our blueline all year. Last season he was only in and out of the lineup due to injuries, and we played noticeably better when he was healthy.
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