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#31 Cakeman

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:35 PM

Pretty easy for the Ballard haters to say the Canucks are going to buy him out, 2 yrs at $4.2 per year? I'm sure Francesco will be all over signing off on that one...
Ballard has been behind the 8ball since he got here, Vigneault's never really liked to use him, he got into the doghouse, pretty tought to climb out with the same coach. He and Tanev are a very good third pairing on defense, overall, Ballard's been more consistent at the start of this season than most of the other D, and it's be3en noticed. He should get some powerplay time, decent shot, and he can skate and carry the puck.
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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:38 PM

Ballard with his current play has bought himself out of a buyout situation.

Edited by DarthNinja_S19Blade, 02 February 2013 - 06:38 PM.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 07:26 PM

Ballard hasn't gotten any points at all... He's still playing better than Bieksa right now, but still. It's either him or Booth that has to go, we'll just have to wait and see what happens. <_<

Edited by Kesler's Nose, 02 February 2013 - 07:27 PM.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:48 PM

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You can't click the next button 5 times???

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:26 AM

I hope we trade bieksa, buyout booth.


Because 40+ point d-men that can play in all situations are easy to come by???
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 06:27 AM

Pretty easy for the Ballard haters to say the Canucks are going to buy him out, 2 yrs at $4.2 per year? I'm sure Francesco will be all over signing off on that one...
Ballard has been behind the 8ball since he got here, Vigneault's never really liked to use him, he got into the doghouse, pretty tought to climb out with the same coach. He and Tanev are a very good third pairing on defense, overall, Ballard's been more consistent at the start of this season than most of the other D, and it's been noticed. He should get some powerplay time, decent shot, and he can skate and carry the puck.


Blinded by the hip check?

Ballard earned himself the doghouse his first season here as he came out of the gate playing awful. Mid-season when he was playing better his ice time went up. Then came the knee injury and he struggled again the rest of that season. It has nothing to do with AV liking him or not. It has everything to do with his very inconsistent play. AV has been fair to him in that his ice does go up when he's playing well. But it doesn't matter how you slice it, dice it, or try to pretty it up, he's bottom pair and will get bottom pair ice time. Which means 10 to 13 minutes if his play isn't very good and 13 to 16 minutes when he's playing well. Tonight he got 15:18. He played well.
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 06:28 AM

I'm pretty sure after this year Ballard only has two years left on his contract. His contract isn't even that bad.
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 08:56 AM

I find it interesting that, a few games into the season, everyone now thinks Ballard could be a tradable commodity... whereas last year we couldn't give him away.

I realize he's playing better. So far. But it's a young season, and I don't think many GMs would be willing to consider him a big piece of their puzzle at this point.
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