No place like home for Wild's Ballard

  • Article by: RACHEL BLOUNT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 21, 2013 - 12:24 AM

Wild defenseman refreshed after rocky years in Vancouver.

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april24Sep. 21, 1312:20 AM

Glad to have Ballard back home. I don't know what the problem was in Vancouver. They treated him like an AHL player there. He was a very solid NHL'r in his time in Phoenix and Miami. I hope he gets back on track here. Good luck Keith.

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lakneeSep. 21, 13 6:53 AM

ARRey sez: Nice story, Rachel. Thanks from a Keith Ballard & Paul Martin fan.

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openiceSep. 21, 13 7:00 AM

For anyone interested, Ballard's history with Vancouver is well documented and speaks for itself. What he experienced there would seriously affect any player's effectiveness and confidence. But in spite of this, he was liked by his teammates and many of the fans. I wish him the best in a Wild uniform. He's a class act IMO!

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mgalaforetSep. 21, 13 7:07 AM

Hopefully he is not another in a long list of MN born players for the Wild who are not very good. Face-it, based on his price tag, the Wild did not get their money's worth out of Parise. Good memories of Ballard with the Gophers, hopefully he can replicate that with the Wild.

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