Listercat wrote:" Could have dumped Ballard" for what"? With the year he had last year who would take Ballard at his present contract? The Canucks would have likely had to eat a good chunk of it.
Canucks "most likely" could have taken back some salary and made a deal work. Word is they didn't try, which was a very poor decision IMO.
To be quite honest I was not impressed with Christian's 5 v 5 play last year. Most of his offense was on the PP and defensively he was no better than #5 once Salo came back. So you are then faced with a $5.5 contract for a #4-5 Dman. Thats worse than Ballard.
Every stat says I can find says your statement is wrong.
AV consistently gave Hoff loads of 5v5 time and when he was healthy he performed very well, not just in the opinion of his coach but in every tracked statistic fans have access too. My own personnel opinion is that he was a very good even strength player and certainly one of our most consistent blue liners over the past few years, I think anyone who claims otherwise either doesn't know what they are talking about or is just making excuses for letting him walk.
Ballard on the other hand has been the opposite.
His coach says he's been poor as do all the stats.
I think Ballard has had a bit of a rough go from his coach but the gap between what we got from Hoff and what we are getting from Ballard is fairly massive.
Our 5v5 play seems to have dropped like a rock this season BTW, with the main difference being Ehrhoff.
Where is Ehrhoff this year? Its pretty obvious his agent and Christian both had an inflated value of themselves and Buffalo bit.
Perhaps they did, but not trying to move Ballard was a major mistake and one that is far worse then perhaps over paying Ehrhoff by a small amount.