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01-21-2013, 08:02 PM
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John Bender
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Originally Posted by Intoewsables View Post
The point is that Ballard was viewed as a top-4 defenseman at the time and there was no guarantee that Hamhuis would sign here. It was a poor deal in hindsight, but what if it wasn't made and Hamhuis signed elsewhere? We needed that insurance.
I remember Ballard from Phoenix, and I thought he was so good - really rugged, great offensive upside, etc. He just looks so awkward on the ice now. I really think he needs a change of scenery.

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