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12-05-2012, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by LorenzoVonMatterhorn View Post
Ever since coming back from the concussion Ballard has been our best defenceman. He's looking like the player we thought we got from Florida.
What? Is this sarcasm?

Ballard has serious issues with "toughness". That is why Vineault limits his ice-time. Vineault expects his "defense-men" to take body contact in their own zone to both free up the puck for their teammates and to occupy a fore-checking player. Ballard does not do this. He chooses to avoid the contact, allowing the fore-checking forward to continue to pursue the puck.

Many NHL coaches expect this from their defense-men. This is why it's so hard to find defense-men who can play 30 minutes each game, and not wear down. The Canucks don't have one of these types of defense-men, and Ballard is certainly not that type of player.

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