I'm sorry but the Ballard deal was way worse then the Booth deal, IMO. The Booth deal was a calculated risk / gamble, the cost of which amounted to nothing but cap space. Cap space that became more of an issue due to the new CBA.
The Ballard deal is pretty unforgivable in my mind. I understand Gillis was trying to hedge his bets with Hamhuis, and good on him for doing that, but if you're going to give up a 1st round draft pick for a top 4 Dman, he sure as hell better be a top 4 Dman. The deal, and his handling by Vigneault, is indicative that the pro scouting report was beyond poor, or that GM and coach had a complete lack of communication regarding said player.
If we're bringing up the past, and deals the Canucks should have done differently, the one deal I wish would have happened differently that doesn't get much play is the David Backes offer sheet. If St. Louis hadn't matched that offer sheet the Canucks would have never picked up Steve Bernier, and the top six would be solid. I can also only presume that Kesler and Burrows would have a much better relationship with Kelly.
Gillis' first instinct on what the team needed couldn't have been more correct. Backes is exactly the sort of player the team is still searching for.
Every time I look out my window, same three dogs looking back at me.