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01-20-2013, 04:48 PM
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Originally Posted by S E P H View Post
Curious to what Nucks fans want for Ballard? He isn't offensively gifted, but we need him for a defensive role and decent skating.

Avs have ton of depth defensemen, so one of them would probably go back.

Also Canucks would have to keep 1.4 to 1.6 million of his salary as well.
Ballard's actually a good offensive puck-rushing d-man (averaged over 30 points per season prior to being traded to Vancouver). His role has been largely limited on the Canucks as he's behind Hamhuis and Edler on the left side. Does EJ play on the right side? If so, I think a Ballard-EJ pairing would be great for the Avs. For this season I think we'll be fine with keeping Ballard, as we're not in any cap trouble, unless a top 6 forward comes back but in the off season, I can see him being auctioned off to the highest bidder.

So short answer, top six forward now or 1st/2nd rounder in the summer.

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