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03-19-2013, 11:48 PM
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Originally Posted by deckercky View Post
That's fine....but trading for Ballard was the right move at the time of the trade. It didn't work, but that doesn't mean it wasn't a gamble worth taking. The team would have a good but not elite team if they'd missed out on both Hamhuis and Ballard.
Sure, I know, hindsight is 20/20, but competent pro-scouting should be able to tell you that maybe a guy like Ballard, though he skates well, doesn't see the ice nearly as well as would be necessary in AV's system. There's no sugar coating that he's been a disaster.

It's like AV and Gillis didn't communicate what was needed.

Pro-scouting should have told Gillis that Sturm was garbage. That was a $2MM head scratcher.

Can't justify the Ballard trade, he's been a terrible waste of cap room. Rome was a better fit.

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