I beg to differ.
Ballard, Raymond, Booth and Malhotra all have close to none if not negative value.
Connor; is your aspiration to manage a crack house?
Chipping in on Kassian's cpmments;
Ballard is a perfectly fine defenceman stuck behind Edler and Hamhuis. He's second pair at worst on 70% of teams and has world class speed. Plus he's funny! There are comparable contracts all over the league. His cap is only a problem for us on 3rd pair...
Raymond; any bets we would get a 2knd round pick for him if there was a so called deadline this year (not that we would be selling)? A plus player with world class speed and 50 points on his resume for $2 mill? We would give that up to get him as depth for a run. Again the problem with Raymond, like Ballard is we did not trade him when we no longer needed him regularly and he's behind better guys. Our league, with lower cap coming, will see expiring contracts as having more and more value in the future; check recent trades in the NBA...
Malhotra? Maybe a point; but perhaps with an off season to train his recovery will see some legs? Moot point though for several reasons starting with an NTC clause and an expiring contract. We would keep him for any run this year as he free's up much of the Twin's O'zone draws by effectively taking all our D ones. Trade value no, but actually valuable to us.
Booth? Great contract no, but a 215 lb absolute stud athlete with 30 goal / 60 point potential (without being on a first line or getting premium PP minutes) is actually still a very valuable asset. What he needs is a play maker on his line. He was brought in for size and athleticism so him and Kesler could physically have the wherewithal to dual with top lines like Getzlaf/Perry/Ryan or Thornton's line. We would be in a hole without him, he's so valuable he will CANNOT be traded unless that element is replaced.
Booth has value for sure, a solid top 6 forward, would have gotten 20 goals easily if he wasn't out for so long.
Manny is a solid 3rd liner, and alot of teams would feel blessed to have him on the 4th line like we do.
Raymond has little value but still some, basicly the exact same value Higgins had before he was traded here, maybe a bit less. But it's same situation.
Ballard, it depends what team you ask and how badly they need to defense, his cap hit is a big negative but he is a much better defensemen than people here give him credit for. I think he does still have some value, around the same as Raymond.
Edited by Canuck Surfer, 29 November 2012 - 04:32 PM.