As expected, on Thursday, the Vancouver Canucks finalized the process of buying out defenceman Keith Ballard. Scheduled to make $4.2 million for each of the next two years, the Minnesota-born blueliner will instead be paid $5.6 million to go away.
I am also willing to be paid that much to not work in Vancouver. Let this be known to foes wherever you may be. Hate this blog and the nonsense written therein? You can shut the whole operation down for the paltry sum of $5.6 million. Same goes for you, Postmedia. We’ll take the buyout, provided it’s $5.6 million.
We’ll quit for real, too. We won’t pull a Ballard and sign with Minnesota, as the jettisoned defenceman did later the same day. From the Wild:
As Minnesota marks the one-year anniversary of signing Zach Parise and Ryan Suter last Fourth of July, Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the team has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with defenseman Keith Ballard.
[...] Per the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, the 5-foot-11, 208-pound blueliner can agree to terms with the Wild today, but paperwork cannot be officially filed with the NHL until tomorrow. Stay tuned to Wild.com for further details.
That’s right. The same day the Canucks bought him out, the Wild are announcing him as this year’s Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. You fine folks in Minnesota enjoy Keith “Another man’s treasure” Ballard.
It goes without saying that Ballard won’t be missed in Vancouver, at least on the ice, since we rarely saw him there. We will miss Michael Grabner and the 1st round pick for which Ballard was traded, however.
But while the loss of Ballard does very little to the Canucks’ depth chart, it does leave a gaping hole in the Vancouver market in the trade proposal category.
Ballard was an integral part of seemingly every fantasy trade proposal in this town. To hear the gentlepersons of the Canucks.com message boards tell it, the package of Ballard, Raymond and a 3rd round pick could net you just about anybody, from Corey Perry to Brenden Morrow to Rick Nash to Phil Kessel to the 2013 2nd overall pick and beyond.
Sadly, the Canucks have proven their incompetence yet again, letting the package that could have landed them everyone short of Sidney Crosby go for less than nothing. Not only did they pay to ditch Ballard, but Mason Raymond hits unrestricted free agency tomorrow.
They’ve had two years to turn this magical package into literally anyone in the league. Instead, in the immortal words of Whitney Houston, they have nothing. It’s all very troubling.Tags: A Buyout Shows You Care, bad trade proposals, Keith Ballard, Mason Raymond