Gillis just said that if no one claims Ballard he will be bought out.
So obviously he's being bought out. No one would want him bad enough to claim him at his current salary rather than take a chance on signing him for less.... if they get out bid by someone... no big loss.
Clearly a trade isn't there. I would not say there is no trade value, but rather, other GM's know GMMG is over a barrel.
Conditional waivers is a deal for KB4. If he gets picked up, it is a team that wants him and is willing to pay his existing salary.. If's he's bought out, he gets his buyout $'s and then needs to go job hunting.
Does he read Cyrillic?
Over the Internet, you can pretend to be anyone or anything.
I'm amazed that so many people choose to be complete twats.
He didn't stand a chance here from the get go and I'm sad it didn't work out for him. He is a talented D who simply played the wrong side and could never get on AV's good side either. Good luck Keith where ever you end up.
Canuck-One wrote:He didn't stand a chance here from the get go and I'm sad it didn't work out for him. He is a talented D who simply played the wrong side and could never get on AV's good side either. Good luck Keith where ever you end up.
There are only 28 teams that Ballard can offer his service. We all know that he can't re-sign here and he will definitely not sign with the Rangers for the obvious reason.
ClamRussel wrote:I'd MUCH rather they kept Ballard and got rid of Booth. Make some room for Kassian and David Clarkson.
Ya but Booth can't be bought out because of his injury.
Isn't there a 2nd date later when buyouts can occur one more time?
Next year after the cup is awarded. Another window. But by then Booth will have only one year left and the cap will go up so presumably we won't be in cap hell. Booth could still be traded however, if there are any takers.
Ballard is suffering from the new CBA like a lot of players. With the cap going down, GMs are loathe to part with decent money for players who appear to have under performed. Ballard got a raw deal under AV, but he also didn't play great when he had opportunity - with the exception of pairing with tanev but you can't have a 4 mill #6/7.
Ballard has likely had his fill of the Canucks organization. He is likely praying for the buy out, new city with new shorter term, cheaper contract and then try to regain form in a fresh start city.
I liked Ballard, too bad about him going but the cap is king these days.