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Keith Ballard’s agent thinks buyout would present fresh start

Jun 19, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

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The Vancouver Canucks might just shed Keith Ballard‘s albatross contract by way of a compliance buyout this summer, although the defenseman’s agent Ben Hankinson told the Vancouver Sun that he hasn’t heard word about that one way or another.

Hankinson thinks it would be a good thing for the 30-year-old blueliner if it did happen, though.

“It will be good for him if he does get bought out because he’ll get a fresh start somewhere else,” Hankinson said.

Considering his frequent status as a healthy scratch, one might wonder if “somewhere else” means overseas or the AHL, although Hankinson told the Vancouver Sun that he expects interest from other NHL teams.

It’s unclear when the ball would start rolling on that, as he also believes that the Canucks might try to unload Ballard’s $4.2 million cap hit (which expires after the 2014-15 season) via a trade at the 2013 NHL Draft.

“My guess is they are going to push the trade front as hard as they can, probably up to the (June 30) draft, and see where that takes them,” Hankinson said.

Either way, Ballard’s days with the Canucks look numbered.


  1. Windmiller4 - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Does anyone else seem its a bad idea for Ballards agent to be talking about a buyout for him, then suggesting a team trade for him? If a team is interested in Ballard, why trade for him when its possible he’ll be bought out. Kinda puts Gillis in a bad spot

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:58 AM

      Gillis IS in a bad spot after handing out those contracts.
      This agent didn’t say anything new beyond common logic (see: Luongo, Roberto).

  2. ruddigervancity - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Don’t forget…if Ballard gets bought out his agent gets to collect another commission on the next contract $$$$$$$$

  3. canucks30 - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:51 AM

    In other words, he wants no part of John Tortorella.

  4. kitshky - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Ballard is not going overseas or to the A.

  5. kingcobraman - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    who would want him , buy him out and wash your hands clean of this disappointment… and hey Gilles lay off the booze and stop making bad decisions…

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