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01-01-2013, 08:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Pepper View Post
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.

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.

Lack of ice time = playing behind two better LHDs in Hamhuis and Edler. That's it. Ballard, like most Dmen, is not equally adept at playing his "off-side", and he wasn't going to beat Edler or Hamhuis on his "strong side", so where does he play? Bottom pair LHD - where he's been playing.

Just as another example of what the market is like for capable Dmen: A 35 year old Filip Kuba, who prior to this past year put up a whopping 16 points and a -26 rating, got a 4m dollar 2 year deal... From the budget conscious FLA panthers no less. Why? The dearth of good FA Dmen, and the fact that he turned in a 32 point +26 season in OTT before departing. Simply put, there is always a market for capable Dmen and GMs take the long view.

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