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03-12-2013, 12:55 PM
Flair Hay
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Originally Posted by almostawake View Post
Yeah, I don't see it. He played decent in the LA series but he played more than 15 minutes in exactly one of those games (16:35). The matchups he drew were always the softest.

At this point in time he is what he is, a bottom pairing guy.

As far as the defencemen ahead of him in Vancouver go, look , it's not like they were all in place when Ballard was acquired. Since Ballard arrived Vancouver has gone out of their way twice (Hamhuis and Garrison) to spend big on guys to fill exactly the role you claim Ballard can fill.

At this point in time it's not just a matter of the clear top 4 (Edler, Bieksa, Hamhuis and Garrison) being ahead of Ballard. Tanev is also ahead of Ballard and at various points in his tenure in Vancouver even guys like Salo and Rome have been ahead of Ballard.
Don't worry sully I'm with you! Ballard will fetch a lower return because his contract exceeds his value to a contending team. Hainsey is UFA so anyone can acquire him really.

He'd be a good enough replacement for Hainsey. Better than anything on the market after Smid for LD. Vancouver will have to unload him with the cap going down so he could be had at a reasonable price. Just to note, Vancouver signed Hamhuis as UFA like a week after they traded for Ballard so it's not fair to say he's been replaced twice.

Ballard's not an awful defenseman. He was absolutely a victim of AV wanting to utilize his bottom pairing a certain way. With a partner like Bogo they could do alright together until Ballard's deal finishes and we can send him out to pasture if Mr. Trouba needs a spot in the top four.

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