Barry_Wilkins, on 12 March 2013 - 03:39 PM, said:
No, that's not what I was saying. I clearly stated that we're trying to get into AV's and Gillis' heads during this exercise, and that it's an entertaining game, though ultimately a futile one.
I didn't think Ballard had a good game at all on his return from sitting a few, so we'll have to agree to disagree on that.
Remember, AV used Ballard consistently, with increased minutes, up until he got benched.
By the way, just to continue with this amusing, ever-changing, "maybe they think this" conjecture, I see that Ballard is scratched again tonight. So instead of supposing that Gillis means to try to light a fire under Ballard (his supposed thoughts, remember, not mine), we could now change it to Gillis giving up on Ballard, and just waiting till post-season to dump the 4.2 million off the books, money that we'll need to get someone else, especially if we pile on even more dough from a Luongo trade, or even just if that possible trade results in a salary wash.
Of course, you are also of the opinion that Edler with his 25 minutes per game is still worthy of a top 4 spot at the moment, am I correct?
You NEVER think Ballard has a good game, so I am not overly surprised by your assessment.
And I think it is pretty obvious that Ballard will not be a Canuck after this season. He should have already been traded because no player is untradable. Someone has offered something for him I am sure somewhere along the way. So it could also be that like with Luongo, Gillis won't give Ballard up for nothing.
To me, giving Ballard to another team for whatever they can get is a good move for both Gillis and AV. Gillis can then finally not have to answer for the trade and AV does not have to be forced to bench him in favor of plugs. Ballard also gets a fresh start with a team that wants him there.
I can't think of a single reason for Gillis to NOT trade Ballard right now for whatever he can get. And anyone who thinks his contract amount is a huge issue to other GM's they are simply hating on the guy. In the right environment he could flourish and another GM with cap room would likely be willing to take that chance. The thing is, guys know Vancouver eventually has to move him for what they can get so why offer more?
Edited by wallstreetamigo, 12 March 2013 - 03:47 PM.