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03-19-2013, 08:27 PM
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I'm not sure why people blame pro scouting for everything. Every offseason the Canucks are choosing from what's available, which is never all that much. It's not like they said "We want Keith Ballard!" and then Gillis assembled a monster package to get him at any price. If anything, Tallon probably shopped Ballard around as a salary dump, the Canucks figured they could use another defenseman, and made an offer while the opportunity was there. It's not like the pro scouts told Gillis to take him over some amazingly better option.

And moreover, the role of pro scouts is surely overstated here. Seemingly everyone here has a strong opinion about pretty much every NHL player. The decision to go after veteran players probably doesn't need much insider knowledge from scouts. These players aren't such unknown commodities that we're depending on soothsayers and oracles to determine who to pursue.

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