Thread: Speculation: Keith Ballard being traded?
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03-03-2013, 06:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Paralyzer008 View Post
Was he playing well? Yes. But look at the last two games he played:

-2 in Detroit, everyone was bad in that one
-2 in Phoenix, played only 12:49 icetime

This is just AV sending a message to him that there is enough depth on the team for him to sit. Maybe they had an argument, I don't know that.
The thing is every single one of the Dmen on the Canucks have been remarkably terrible for stretches in the season. Edler and Bieksa especially. Ballard was playing 18 minutes a game and doing consistently well with Tanev. It's an inexplicable double standard that when Ballard has 1-2 tough games and he gets canned. Alberts was directly responsible for a goal last night..and Barker..He's living on his 3rd overall laurels, its the only reason he is still in the NHL. Ballard is absolutely loved by his teammates, its the coaching staff who seems to have a problem with him. He's played strong as a 3rd pairing guy, not worth 4.2 but its not like cap is being saved by scratching him..

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