Talking about speed bumps........why not look at the post of mine you quoted and then tell me what that has to do with your response?
I said if you watch closely you will see that Tanev is the one moving the puck most of the time so it stands to reason he is the one who will pick up 2nd assists if they score off the rush.....
So that's the coaches' fault he isn't doing it well enough himself to get those second assists? Are you saying you have proof (statistical, visual or otherwise) that the coaching staff is telling Ballard he has to pass to Tanev rather than make the play himself?
Even with luck and the law of averages, if he were moving the puck or at least had chances to do so, he'd see more success in that regard. From what I've seen, Ballard hasn't been able to have those chances, certainly at least in part due to his own play. He's made some interesting passes to Tanev to get out of trouble early and put Tanev in some bad situations at times, yet Tanev has worked his way out of it for the most part. Looking at how the both of them have handled it, I would just rate Tanev as better at making the pass.
Ballard should be better at rushing it but he just hasn't been. It certainly isn't some directive from the coaches telling him he can't make a pass or rush the puck up ice if he sees an opportunity. You've mentioned he's suffered from the tightened grip of the coaches after being penalized for mistakes, but isn't that at least in part a reflection on him since he's a veteran now in the NHL and should by comfortable with what he can and can't do?
I think that folks that are talking about Ballard's subpar play are missing the point.
He has been asked to play a different role than what he did when he was scoring and playing top 4 on other teams. It is pretty clear by now that he is not able to play that different role in our system and that there isn't a spot for him in the lineup. That means it is time to move him.
If you ask a Sedin to play a 4th line checker... and he isn't great at it, where exactly does the problem lie? Ballard is a top 4 offensive defenceman, he has never gotten that shot on the team.
We don't have to buy him out as there would be takers for him in the league.
Ah, but if the Sedins have to play 4th line because you have other lines consisting of players as good as Gretzky, Crosby, Stamkos, Lemieux, Francis, Yzerman, Sakic, etc. all ahead of them in the lineup, is that the coaches fault? Do you blame the management for assembling a team with so much depth that someone who could do better with the right minutes happens to be behind others who do even better in those same minutes?
There's nothing really to suggest Ballard is better than the top 4 we do have, certainly not Hamhuis and Edler, offensively to deserve the minutes those other D get.
Tanev had exactly 1 more point than Ballard in the time they played together. Tanev's scoring and +/- have gone up since being moved up alongside Edler. wallstreetamigo was correct in saying that Tanev has been made the puck mover of the two when they were paired. Ballard knows he is looked poorly upon for being past the other team's blue line.
As far as allocation of PP time goes, I would make the following changes for a handful of games without a 2nd thought.
1) Stop using 4 forwards on the 1st PP unit.
2) 1st PP unit - Ballard puck carrier, Edler offside D, Sedins & Kassian/Burrows
3) 2nd PP unit - Bieksa puck carrier, Garrison/Hamhuis offside D, Raymond, Booth, Schroeder
I've answered that question from you. Tell me this, why has the coaching staff not even tried Ballard there? Ever? What is the most PP time he has received in a single game as a Canuck?
Not a single PP in 2+ years.... this is the player's doing?
Edit: My point on the bold... it may not be malicious but it may be incompetence.
Reasonable opinions, although I disagree since Hamhuis leads our D in PP points so far. I can see the need for a puck carrier and respect that you don't like Edler in that role, even agree to some extent, but then carrying the puck up ice isn't the only role on the PP.
He has had PP time, and not just as a throw in - he and Tanev were rewarded with regular PP shift earlier this season and saw some time there. I don't have the insight to why he wasn't tried more in the past, or what they saw that took him off when he did get chances, but I haven't seen anything myself that suggests he's better for it than the others.
I'm trying to remember what game they started to switch Ballard and Tanev around. You saying Tanev's only had one more point than Ballard in the time they played together suggests it was before the Feb 4 Van/Edm game. If so, that's true enough. Even still, essentially calling Tanev more of a designated puck mover doesn't hold water for me, and Ballard has to at least shoulder some of the responsibility for not doing it as well as Tanev is.
Ballard got his whopping one assist this season while on the PP, not hard to actually look..
Actually, no he didn't. It was an even strength point (source