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01-07-2013, 06:25 PM
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Originally Posted by blankall View Post
With a shortened season there is less opportunity to do that. The NW division has gotten tougher this year. The Canucks cannot afford to have a sub-par d-man being showcased. If Ballard wants to play top minutes, he'll have to earn them.
Agreed, but I mean AV should loosen the chain a bit and give him more slack for playing his game and see if he improves.

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Originally Posted by Nuckles37 View Post
There is no reason to trade him this season unless we're getting an upgrade on defense/filling a need (3rd line center/top 6 forward).

Either wait until the off-season to dump his salary (to make room for Edler) or use an amnesty buyout on him.
Agreed, unless the return for Luongo includes some salary and we need to get rid of him, especially near the end of the season before Edler/Higgins/Lapierre enter free agency.

But there is no reason, as of right now, to trade Ballard. He fills a role, albeit a small one, for the team and his value is at an all time low. He should be healthy and concussion symptom free, so his value can only increase this year. The Canucks also ALWAYS struggle with injuries on the blue line, so it's nice to have the depth for him to step up when we need it.

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