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MacKenzie: Vancouver Places D Keith Ballard On Conventional Waivers

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07-01-2013, 11:22 AM
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MacKenzie: Vancouver Places D Keith Ballard On Conventional Waivers

VAN's Keith Ballard is on conventional waivers. Not $100 unconditional waivers, which is necessary for buyout purposes.

https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie/s...36876304048131

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07-01-2013, 11:25 AM
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owners too cheap to buy out?

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Rangers to put a claim?

Reunite with his buddy Alain Vigneault.

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So they're hoping someone sees enough to claim him?

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i'm beginning to really hate Gillis.

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i'm beginning to really hate Gillis.
He's terrible, he gave up a pretty decent package to get this guy too.

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I really don't understand the point of this.

I guess they're just hoping someone takes him for free.

Seems a little crazy that he couldn't deal him yesterday for at least a 7th round pick.

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Edler wasn't dealt away and now they have too many dollars tied up, literally, on their D. Ballard probably hasn't been offered a good return so next step is waiving him and seeing if they can give him somewhere for free. Next step is a decent/better-than-nothing deal where they take some salary back. Last step is the buyout. Seems kind of logical, obvious even.

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i'm beginning to really hate Gillis.
Gillis isn't the one paying for buyouts with his money. Hate ownership for not being willing to spend money to give the team a better chance to win next year.

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What role can Ballard play these days?

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This is predictable and obvious. Anyone who is surprised or says they hate Gillis for this are clueless lol. In the next couple of days many teams are going to start dong this with their own players.

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What role can Ballard play these days?
He's actually still servicable IMO. I always thought he was mistreated by AV, and actually he and Tanev were our best D-pairing at the beginning of the season for a bit.

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What role can Ballard play these days?
Perhaps he could succeed as a 5th to 6th defenseman. The problem is that he lacks hockey sense. So he is prone to make huge gaffs.

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Hoping the Islanders claim him?

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Edler wasn't dealt away and now they have too many dollars tied up, literally, on their D. Ballard probably hasn't been offered a good return so next step is waiving him and seeing if they can give him somewhere for free. Next step is a decent/better-than-nothing deal where they take some salary back. Last step is the buyout. Seems kind of logical, obvious even.
Seriously. This idea that you would not at least try this with a buyout candidate (unless he has a clause pre-empting it) seems kinda silly. The tried basically giving him away for free, now they try actually giving him away for free. May be a little humiliating for a player they thought so highly off not long ago, but still, I'd give waivers a shot before shelling out millions too.

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so he's on waivers to be bought out regularily and not compliance?

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Probably just seeing if someone claims him to save the compliance buyouts for a later date.

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Hoping the Islanders claim him?
My guess is teams more like ANA, EDM, OTT, and even PHI if they want to deal out Coburn.

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He's terrible, he gave up a pretty decent package to get this guy too.
Sucks. I'm pretty sure Gillis is the first GM to ever give up a good package for a player who didn't really pan out. Terrible.

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owners too cheap to buy out?
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so he's on waivers to be bought out regularily and not compliance?
Nah just seeing if anyone will take him for free.. Then next they may make a little sweetener trade.. Then they will prob buy out if no one bites

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What role can Ballard play these days?
I'm confident Keith Ballard is still a top 4 defenseman when he's allowed to play his game. He's a dynamic player who loves to skate the puck up the ice and can stand up for team mates. Very fast skater (won fastest Canuck this year), is chippy (loves the hipcheck, especially), and can block shots. His defensive game is underwhelming, however, and doesn't seem to adjust well to strict coaching (AV tried to convert him into a safe, first-pass 3rd pairing dman and failed miserably). Unfortunately, we never had any room for him here in Vancouver after signing Hamhuis and wish him success at the NHL level next year wherever he goes.

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