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01-01-2013, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Bleach Clean View Post
What does "1st pairing status" mean? Did he get paid on ability or didn't he?
That's a good question. Ballard got his contract from the Panthers when he was a first pairing d-man there. And he probably was worth his money there.

Originally Posted by Bleach Clean View Post
If he did, then what people are saying now is that his actual ability has diminished to the point where before he was a 1st pairing Dman, he is now a 4-6th dman. Is this the argument? Or is the argument that he is now stuck behind 3-4 better dmen, suffering in production accordingly, but people think his actual ability remains the same? Because what's being done here is that some are inferring a talent drop from a drop in production... which doesn't account for his shift in environment.
The argument is that any team willing to trade for Ballard is counting on him to become one of the top3 d-men in the team. Ballard is 30, he has 2 years left on his contract after this one.

If they see his lack of production being the result of lack of icetime, they will ask why the lack of icetime? Was Ballard being misused? Was the Canucks defense core really that good that Ballard simply wasn't good enough? Is Ballard on a downslope?

Maybe you're right, maybe some team will take a chance and trade a 3rd for Ballard. We'll see.

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