Yeah I'm not worried about Booth, he will come back strong and has already showed signs of getting better here, plus he will be getting quality minutes with Kesler and 2nd unit powerplay time.Potatoe1 wrote: Ballard has played like a 1.5 mill 6/7 defenseman, so yeah he is terribly over paid and the cap hit is very bad.
Booth on the other hand scored at a 23/82 pace with out significant ice time. His contract is probably fine if if the cap is in the high 60's low 70's.
With a shrinking cap he might be a little over paid but there is no comparison between his deal and Ballards. I also think Booth can improve his numbers if he can stay healthy, he was looking quite good before his leg injury.
When he's fully healthy and get's more in tune with our systems I see him having a superb 2013-14' season, barring injury of course.
I'd like Ballard if he had a $1.5M cap hit for THIS situation on the Canucks as a bottom pairing 5th dman.
However I can really see KB flourishing on a team with not much pressure on them, while getting quality minutes (20-23 minutes per game) and powerplay/pk time, plus not playing with the bottom six forwards constantly! Like his best days with Phoenix when his partner was Morris iirc. Or in Florida with Boynton/Leopold.
Not to mention Ballard got to play with the better players on that team and he excelled! imo a team's management that has seen Ballard play when he was with Florida or Phoenix could pull the trigger to deal for him, while Ballards value is below what it should be and their team needing a viable top 4 dman.
This is what MG should be looking at right now, especially with all the injuries on defense around the league, MG could find a decent 3rd line center, who can sub in on the 2nd line immediately, in return for KB.