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03-05-2013, 08:09 AM
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I was not pointing out "strengths". I was pointing out things Grabner does better than Raymond. If it's hockey-related, it's relevant.
While we're at it, why not compare Umberger vs Schroeder?
Pointless. Grabner was never going to work out in Vancouver. He simply wasn't able to do enough until he became waiver eligible and a team like the Canucks, who actually tries to win, doesn't have the luxury of standing around doing nothing and hope for a break out.
Notorious slow starter, not very skilled player, confidence issues. No coincidence he excelled in NYI with little to no competition for minutes nor pressure to succeed. He would've been waived by the Canucks just like he was by Florida.
There's no question that Ballard has been a failure and in hindsight those assets and cap space could've been put elsewhere (maybe?), but that's hindsight. Value wise, not knowing how bad Ballard would play and how reluctant the coaching staff would be with him, I'd do that deal every time.
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