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01-22-2013, 12:02 AM
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Originally Posted by MajorCanuck View Post
He needed a strong defenseman to pair with him to be effective, someone who was able to bail out his gaffs. Instead, AV kept putting him with rome/alberts/tanev, who were decent d-men in their own right, but not strong enough to be able to make up for ballard's risky style.
Disagree with this completely.

Tanev is the only thing keeping Ballard from being chased off the ice by Canucks fans.

Outside of his ability to break out of the zone, Ballard is a complete disaster defensively. His positioning in his own zone is horrible, his offensive game is nonexistent, he plays like he is 4'11, and his compete level is embarrassing.

Gillis just needs to bite the bullet and cut his losses at this point.

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