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01-20-2013, 04:56 PM
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Originally Posted by tc23 View Post
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.
I think you're overstating his value. There's no team in the league that would pay a 1st rounder for him, especially after a few dissapointing seasons in Vancouver. Also, 30 points is hardly indicative of being very talented offensively (44 defenseman had 30 points last year).

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