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Poll: Keith Ballard Next Year (210 member(s) have cast votes)

What to do with Ballard

  1. Keep him (124 votes [59.33%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 59.33%

  2. Buy him out (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  3. Trade (82 votes [39.23%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 39.23%

  4. Bury him in the minors (3 votes [1.44%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 1.44%

Is it a fluke that he played so well in the playoffs?

  1. Yes, he will not play well next year (43 votes [20.57%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 20.57%

  2. No, he has finally found his own in Vancouver (166 votes [79.43%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 79.43%

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#1 DeltaSwede

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 04:54 PM

Time is passing by really slow, no more hockey and exams next week for myself.

Just wanted to hear your opinion on Keith Ballard for next year. I think we have all noticed a trend over the past few seasons that it takes some time for new defensemen to get used to our system and this includes Ballard. I have to say though, Ballard was arguably our best defensemen in this years playoffs, so, is it a fluke? is it a sign that he is starting to look like the defensemen we acquired? and most importantly, will he be wearing a Canucks uniform next year?

I have always had a soft spot for the guy with his huge personality and underdog-esque status.

Love him or hate him, I hope he stays.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 04:57 PM

I was just thinking, If we get an awesome deal for Edler, like TJ Oshie, do you guys think KB4 can take Edler's spot? I think he has the skill set.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 05:11 PM

I love watching him play with Tanev and in case Salo retires (I'm not up to date on that front...), he'll get a lot more ice time if he plays well at the start of the season.

Despite him having had his ups and downs, I think he'll stay in Vancouver and perform if given the chance.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 05:16 PM

Hamhuis, Edler and Ballard can only play on the left side. Of the three, Hammer and Eddie deserves more ice time. So... we can't pay over 4M for a third pair D man. We have to allocate our limited cap space well and having Ballard makes it somewhat inefficient use of our cap space.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 05:52 PM

Only way we keep Ballard is if MG has the conchas to trade Edler straight up for Weber.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 05:59 PM

Only way we keep Ballard is if MG has the conchas to trade Edler straight up for Weber.


Nsh would laugh at a Edler for Weber deal. More like Edler, 1st, Schroeder.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 06:01 PM

Nsh would laugh at a Edler for Weber deal. More like Edler, 1st, Schroeder.


Not unless they can't re-sign Weber, Edler is probably the best dman they can get back in return for a possible unsignable asset in SW.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 06:36 PM

I would keep Ballard over 2 #1 Goalies
If Luongo does stay which I'm 90% sure he will..
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Posted 02 June 2012 - 07:23 PM

I can't see ballard coming back next year at 4.2 mil. We dont need to trade him for anything special. A 7th round pick would be sufficient. The point is that we would create cap space which would provide more flexibility for GMMG.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 07:59 PM

He is a good 3rd pairing with Tanev.

Hes not a peice of garbage, and we will have him on the roster, unless someone wants to give up something decent

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 08:03 PM

4.2 million dollars of bottom 6th dman. Rough go, a questionable trade that brought this guy to Vancouver.
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Posted 02 June 2012 - 08:14 PM

Not unless they can't re-sign Weber, Edler is probably the best dman they can get back in return for a possible unsignable asset in SW.

Even if they can't re-sign Weber they can get more than that. Even Edler a 1st and Schroeder isn't enough

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 08:31 PM

Not unless they can't re-sign Weber, Edler is probably the best dman they can get back in return for a possible unsignable asset in SW.

Nsh would laugh at a Edler for Weber deal. More like Edler, 1st, Schroeder.

Only way we keep Ballard is if MG has the conchas to trade Edler straight up for Weber.


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Posted 02 June 2012 - 08:36 PM

Edler should play the right side and move Ballard into the top 4.

Hamhuis - Edler

Ballard - Bieksa

? - Tanev

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 08:42 PM

I was just thinking, If we get an awesome deal for Edler, like TJ Oshie, do you guys think KB4 can take Edler's spot? I think he has the skill set.

Hamhuis-Bieksa
Ballard-Schultz
UFA-Tanev

That's a terrible dcorp. Edler will rebound.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 08:46 PM

The canucks should do whatever they can to get this D pairings:

Weber-Karlsson
Chara-Doughty
PIetrangelo-Keith

Extra's: Edler, OEL

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 09:43 PM

as a whole, we need to trade him.....its the the best move for everyone

we need pump some new blood into this team, to freshen things up
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Posted 02 June 2012 - 09:55 PM

The canucks should do whatever they can to get this D pairings:

Weber-Karlsson
Chara-Doughty
PIetrangelo-Keith

Extra's: Edler, OEL

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 09:56 PM

It's safe to say coming to Vancouver killed his career. Poor guy.
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Posted 02 June 2012 - 10:44 PM

I was just thinking, If we get an awesome deal for Edler, like TJ Oshie, do you guys think KB4 can take Edler's spot? I think he has the skill set.


You mean if St Louis gets an awesome deal for TJ Oshie. Seriosuly, the guy's a lazy no-show in the playoffs, and we aren't trading a 50 point defenceman for a 50 point forward.


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Posted 02 June 2012 - 11:19 PM

I'd do Edler for Oshie and Polak, if Garrison can be signed. And add a guy like Parenteau.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 11:26 PM

I knew he was capable of that preformance, I'm not surprised at all, If Bieksa didn't have such a great chemistry with Hamhuis or if Tanev was more developed I would consider trading Bieksa instead, he has been very inconsistent throughout his career and this past season just proves that it's more of the same.

and even said himself that the teams success made him look better than he was playing in 2010-11.

Overall I love Bally, Maybe Edler could move over to the right side and Ballard could play in the top 4 as previously suggested.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 01:08 AM

If we expect to keep Edler and somehow acquire Weber, Luongo has to be dealt for assets Nashville wants in blockbuster deal.

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Ballard has to be traded for a center somehow someway as the perfect UFA 3rd line center this offseason will likely get $3-4Mper - Chris Kelly.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 01:16 AM

I would've said trade him, but he's finally starting to improve.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 01:34 AM

You mean if St Louis gets an awesome deal for TJ Oshie. Seriosuly, the guy's a lazy no-show in the playoffs, and we aren't trading a 50 point defenceman for a 50 point forward.

A lazy no-show? Did you not see Oshie this playoff? Especially his assist on Backes' goal against the Sharks?

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 01:39 AM

I'd do Edler for Oshie and Polak, if Garrison can be signed. And add a guy like Parenteau.


Yeah no way in hell would I trade Edler, our top dman, for a top 6 winger.

Only way I'd trade Edler is if Weber or Stamkos or Tavares is coming back in return.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 01:46 AM

Ballard was our best D man in the playoffs, he's just had a tough time here with injuries and AV not playing him. I hope we keep him and if we can do a Weber for Edler+ a 1st deal than I think Ballard and Weber pairing could work out and Hamhuis Bieksa is already solid. But I do expect him to be traded.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 01:49 AM

Yeah no way in hell would I trade Edler, our top dman, for a top 6 winger.

Only way I'd trade Edler is if Weber or Stamkos or Tavares is coming back in return.


that's reaching. no way we would get anything back like that for Edler. while he has had some great moments this season, he was also awful come playoff time, and needs a sold right defensemen. If we were to get Weber, Stamkos, or Tavares we would need to trade multiple canucks/prospects. Also any of those guys are also going to take up gigantic cap space... not sure if thats what we need right now.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 02:29 AM

that's reaching. no way we would get anything back like that for Edler. while he has had some great moments this season, he was also awful come playoff time, and needs a sold right defensemen. If we were to get Weber, Stamkos, or Tavares we would need to trade multiple canucks/prospects. Also any of those guys are also going to take up gigantic cap space... not sure if thats what we need right now.


Yeah I am not expecting Stammy in return straight up or Tavares, but someone of their calibre in a multi-player deal for Edler, not some top 6 winger!!

I really can see a Edler/Weber swap though with a few minor pieces/picks evening it deal being done.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 03:33 AM

I think we'll trade him, because not sure if anyone remember but we also have Gragnani, and that is a guy with lots of upside potential. So i could imagine our d look like

Hammer - Edler
Bieksa - Tanev
Gragnani - Salo(If he signs for another season)

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