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03-12-2013, 10:07 AM
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Looking at this summer's defense UFA pool, I'd be surprised if they didn't find Ballard a new team. Pretty bad market.

Luckily the Canucks have tons of depth and young players coming on defense. Looks like Tanev can already handle top 4 minutes and should be even better next season. If a guy like Andersson keeps improving and takes another step forward after his first NA year, he could compete for a 6/7 spot. Then there's the unknowns like Price and Tommernes who have potential too. And of course Corrado might be ready to play in the NHL next year, he was already impressive last year with the Wolves.

Ballard and Alberts are both probably gone. I think the Canucks need a new "Alberts", a veteran depth guy to step in when needed, but otherwise the blue line looks fine.

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