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01-23-2013, 04:29 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
When Ballard was traded for and Hamhuis was signed, Mitchell was still suffering post-concussion symptoms. How in the world could the team bank on a player in that state?
It wasn't until the middle of August that he was skating again and he wasn't signed until the end of August. At that point, the Canucks didn't have the cap space to sign him without making room otherwise. That would have meant dumping a player at the point in the season when most teams had gone most of the way to setting their rosters and were probably pushing their cap or budget limits. It's just not a realistic expectation.
Also, the fact that when Ballard was traded it was reported that around 10 teams were interested in him and that Mitchell couldn't even meet Ballard's salary on the market suggest that Mitchell was a much bigger risk than Ballard at least based on the collective wisdom of the league.
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