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03-16-2013, 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by CCF View Post
That rush earned him points for a few games.

I think Alberts has played okay in his limited time. But not sure why Ballard is scratched. He has been great this season.
The only thing I can think of (putting my blind hate for AV aside ) is that the Canucks want to see how this team performs without Ballard in the event that he is traded to bring back some help in an another area that needs to be addressed. Keeping him out of the lineup lessens the likelihood of him being injured so we don't lose a tradeable asset. Ballard has already proven that he can play well this season so it's not like we need to keep him in there to prove that he can play.

On the other hand, I don't know why AV would be ripping Ballard in his press conferences and saying that he needs to be better if we were trying to increase his trade value. Hmm, now that I think about it that way, AV just hates Ballard.

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