ClamRussel wrote:Hockey Widow wrote: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?
@TSNBobMcKenzie: Kris Russell (STL) on regular waivers. Keith Ballard (VAN) clears regular waivers.
herb wrote:I was happy when the Ballard trade went down. I thought he’d be a good, versatile addition to the team. Ballard was a good player in Phoenix. I didn’t seem him much in Florida, but he was a tenacious, hard working defenseman in Phoenix.
I don’t know what the hell happened. Clearly the issues weren’t just coaching as Ballard couldn’t do a damn thing right no matter the situation. I wonder if he just got fat and lazy after his big contract was signed, but he was terrible here. He wasn’t a hard worker, he wasn’t tenacious and we saw nearly zero offensive ability from him and a lot of defensive issues.
We should have kept Rome and moved Ballard last off season.
Square peg trying to fit into a round hole.
Lancer wrote:herb wrote:Square peg trying to fit into a round hole.
ESQ wrote:...but the AV system had no plays for a puck-carrying defenseman taking the puck to the corner by himself. As a result he'd dazzle with his wheels and nothing would come of it because nobody else knew what to do to give him puck support.
Ballard will be a 20+min guy on a shitty team where he's given the room to play his style, rather than a good team where there are clearly-delineated systems and no room for creativity.
herb wrote:He wasn’t a hard worker,
herb wrote:We should have kept Rome and moved Ballard last off season.
Lancer wrote:If Vigneault wasn't going to use the tools Ballard brought to the table, by all means they should have kept Rome instead. For what they used Ballard to do, Rome would have done the job cheaper and better.
herb wrote:Do you seriously think that if AV/Bowness had given Ballard free reign to rush up and down the ice he would have somehow worked out?
herb wrote:How would this have improved Ballard’s poor defensive play, spotty decision making and poor execution?