Inevitable Keith Ballard to NYI thread
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01-07-2013, 07:20 PM
Join Date: Sep 2008
Mike Gillis has been on the record several times explaining that Keith Ballard is basically a necessary evil. For the Canucks to have any chance making it out of the Western Conference with the realities of their travel schedule they need to carry 8 defenders. For cap reasons they can't carry 8 top defenders so they opt to pay 5 top 4 guys. Ballard played well in the brief post season appearance the Canucks made last spring which was deservingly overlooked by the fact the Canucks might as well have been swept.
Ballard isn't a #5 or #6 D on a lot of teams. His value has taken a beating since he's the guy who didn't make the top 4 and he's also a whipping boy for Canuck fans.
Anyways, I'm not saying he's Jari Kurri reborn I'm just saying that if you look at what he's done on paper since joining the Canucks I can understand why you perceive his value to be incredibly low but if the reality is he won't return anything it might be better to keep him. Maybe we do need to trade him for cap purposes, time will tell. A Ballard deal may include Vancouver keeping salary but not cap space if that's possible in this CBA which would boost his trade value presumably.
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