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Everybody Hates Raymond

Keith Ballard may stay a forward

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The worst +/- on the team in back to back losses. Twice as bad as Andrew Alberts who was second.

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Nothing fancy as a forward which I like and knows tough crease play...and I think is getting a little payback for the abuse regular D take on the forecheck ;)

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Semin just signed a 5 year extension, making him $7 million a year and is touted as "the Russian Sniper" and has a whopping 8 goals so far this year.

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The worst +/- on the team in back to back losses. Twice as bad as Andrew Alberts who was second.

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We already have one $4+Million player up front who can't score.

We don't need another one.

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I just love how Ballard does whatever is asked of him. He has been slotted into so many roles in this team that aren't his strengths and skill set... but keeps plugging along.

He is an offensive top 4 defenceman, and in his tenure with the Canucks he has done pretty much everything but that (maybe he will play goal by the end of the year). He has played the wrong side on defence; he has tried to play the physical 3rd pairing guy by dropping the gloves a bunch; he has played forward; he has slotted in from the bench; he has tried to be a stay at home defenceman... he has never played 20+ minutes a game for a long stretch and gotten powerplay time like what he is actually built for and made a career from.

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Maybe Gillis hasn't traded him because of his character......has anyone ever thought of that?

And the comment by Bieksa - joking or not - says it all about AV to me.

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NO!

How about AV just admits he has been brutal to Ballard the past few years and puts him back on defence where he deserves to be and plays best..... Bally was playing a real solid game so far this season on D until AV scratched him for no reason

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Who the hell cares about +/-......

Im pretty sure everybody here but you cares more about winning than about a friggin' +/- stat

Plus Bally has been going hard on the forecheck and doing what a legitimate top 9 forward should do.......

..........You should know that if you are a legitimate Canucks fan and watch their friggin' games :picard::picard::picard:

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NO!

How about AV just admits he has been brutal to Ballard the past few years and puts him back on defence where he deserves to be and plays best..... Bally was playing a real solid game so far this season on D until AV scratched him for no reason

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AV has figured out the secret to Ballard's success: IE: as long as he stays away from his own goalie he's ok, otherwise he's got terrible luck.

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Can't complain about the job Ballard has done but WTH do Canucks prospects have to do the get a shot?

If I were Sweatt, I'd be scratching my head.

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Can't complain about the job Ballard has done but WTH do Canucks prospects have to do the get a shot?

If I were Sweatt, I'd be scratching my head.

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No, 0 points. I expect points out of a top 9 forward. Now in the situation we are in, I say play him and as a forward, but if he is not putting up points, he is not doing what a top nine forward should be doing

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When we trying him at goalie? :bigblush:

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