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01-07-2013, 02:29 PM
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kack zassian
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Things that are often overlooked:

While Ballard is overpaid, we really don't have someone to step into his spot.
In a Ballard trade, we would either need to get a cheaper, yet very solid bottom pairing d-man or an asset that could be flipped for one (pick/prospect).

Raymond is on the low end of the payscale for players like him. I would say slightly below market value (some may disagree, but defs not overpaid).
- Kassian hasn't shown enough to "lock down" a roster spot (imo) and again we lack a ready replacement.
- Team need is a solid 3C (think Bozak/Smith caliber) to make it worth movin him.


While these 2 players are popular trade bait, we need to remember Van is likely a better team with them than without them.

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