Ballard is a good defensman, but he's not worth 4.2M, IMO, especially not at the cost of re-signing Volchenkov. Everyone *****es and moans about Kuba's contract, but Ballard's contract is a little worse.
Please, PLease, please. I'm read to get down on my knees and blow Murray if he can get Ballard at a reasonable price.
I wouldn't go as far (lol), but who would like to face a team in the playoffs that has Phillips, Volchenkov, Ballard and Carkner on defense? No one sane i'll tell you
Might as well give us the Cup
Those who say Ballard sucks really underrate the guy. He is basically a mix of Volchenkov and Phillips, not as good defensively as them but better offensively
Originally Posted by DG
Ballard at 4.2M means good bye Volchenkov next year. No thanks.
Not sure what will happen with Cheechoo but let's say he's done in Ottawa and we bury him in the minors (or he's picked on waivers...)
So let's also say Keith Ballard for Chris Kelly, Brian Lee and a pick
2010-2011 Ottawa Senators
Jason Spezza — $7,000,000
Alexei Kovalev — $5,000,000
Daniel Alfredsson — $4,875,000
Milan Michalek — $4,333,333
Mike Fisher — $4,200,000
Chris Neil — $2,000,000
Jarkko Ruutu — $1,300,000
* Nick Foligno — $850,000
* Peter Regin — $607,000
* Ryan Shannon — $600,000
Zack Smith — $583,333
* Jesse Winchester — $550,000
Keith Ballard — $4,200,000
Filip Kuba — $3,700,000
Chris Phillips — $3,500,000
* Anton Volchenkov — $2,500,000
Erik Karlsson ($425,000) $1,300,000
Matt Carkner — $700,000
* Chris Campoli — $633,000
Pascal Leclaire — $3,800,000
Brian Elliott — $850,000
Ray Emery — $562,500
Daniel Alfredsson — $700,000
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS ROSTER SIZE 21
SALARY CAP $56,800,000
BONUSES $425,000 CAP SPACE $2,880,834
2.88 in cap space but that's not counting Volchenkov's raise. Let's say he gets 4.0, it means there would be 1.38 left for the potential raises of Regin, Foligno, Shannon, Winchester and Campoli... Not sure how much more than today those guys would make on their next contract but for sure that's a tight cap. They are all RFAs and aren't putting great numbers though.
So it will depends on where the Cap goes. Then, Kuba and Leclaire will be the first targets we should look to move out.
But in the end, if that happens, i hope we'd be able to trade Kuba at the draft or in the off-season.