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[VAN] Edler signs extension [6 years/30 mil]
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01-19-2013, 12:35 PM
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Wow, that's a great deal.
What's in store for Ballard now though? Fifth highest paid d-man on the team at 4.2m.
Ballard looked good last season, and I expect him to look better this season (and they can afford to keep him this season).
Tanev is with the team from the start, and Tanev and Ballard have great chemistry. That should lead to more consistent play which either increase his value to the point where the team can trade him for decent assets (not great - a lot of teams will have to make undervalue trades this offseason, or make compliance buyouts and I don't think Ballard would pass waivers), or increase his value to the team to the point where they can't afford to keep him (at which point Booth would be set free and youth has to be brought in for scoring depth).
I think a trade is most likely, as Ballard at $4.2M will never look like good value compared to Hamhuis, Bieksa, or Edler (likely Garrison too, but I'll wait for him to prove that).
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