Honestly I do wonder if the Canucks wouldn't have been better off trying to sign Zbynek Michalek, Paul Martin, Anton Volchenkov or even Jordan Leopold or Toni Lydman rather than trading for Ballard.Aaronp18 wrote:Cap space is an asset if there is someone to spend it on.
The free agency group the last few years has been abysmal at best. Does anyone truthfully think we missed out on signings because of a lack of cap space?
Lots of competent defenders went that summer.
That being said it's 20/20 hindsight at it's finest.. If Gillis had sat back while Ballard was dealt and then failed to sign a single defenseman of note that summer, this team would probably have won their division and been blown out in the second round as usual in 2011 - at best.