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12-31-2012, 10:18 PM
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Originally Posted by The Big Foot View Post
I doubt many people remember but Ballard was actually playing quite well before his injury last year. Providing a spark and playing with a chip on his shoulder. Buying him out, if it meant incurring a cap penalty, would not be a smart move.
I'm not a fan of Booth really but he did show flashes of being a solid offensive contributor. Just needs to be put with players he can mesh with. He's got the worst passing instincts on the team, that needs to be acknowledged by the coaches (worse than Bitz, Weise, Malhotra).
Ballard played reasonably well in the last half of the season and in the LA Series and Booth shows lots of hustle with flashes of skill but neither played well enough to justify their contracts. Unless the NHL BoG has a major brain fart at the last minute, we are heading into a much more strict salary cap regime. In such a regime, you can't afford to have guys who under perform their cap number.

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