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Ballard on verge of first healthy scratch?

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08:30 AM ET 11.09 | In Vancouver, a third-pair defense decision is news. [Alain] Vigneault didn't name his sixth defenceman, which will be a far more intriguing decision. Key blueliner Dan Hamhuis, out since Oct. 17 with a bruised bone in his foot, practised fully here Monday and will return to the lineup against the Canadiens if things go equally well in Tuesday morning's skate at the Bell Centre. That means Keith Ballard, one of the Canucks' marquee summer acquisitions -- a player with nearly five years and $21 million US on his contract -- could be a healthy scratch for the first time in his National Hockey League career.

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November 9, 2010  08:41 AM ET

or they could put together a package and trade some of the excess D-men

November 9, 2010  08:45 AM ET

So, lemme get this straight, from the look of things, the only player seeing regular NHL ice time from the "Ballard for Grabner, Bernier, and a 1st" is STEVE FREAKIN BERNIER!!!??? Have I got this right?

November 9, 2010  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

So, lemme get this straight, from the look of things, the only player seeing regular NHL ice time from the "Ballard for Grabner, Bernier, and a 1st" is STEVE FREAKIN BERNIER!!!??? Have I got this right?

Keith is trying to win Bernier's team award - "Under Achiever of the Year."

November 9, 2010  10:09 AM ET

Go Habs go!

November 9, 2010  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

So, lemme get this straight, from the look of things, the only player seeing regular NHL ice time from the "Ballard for Grabner, Bernier, and a 1st" is STEVE FREAKIN BERNIER!!!??? Have I got this right?

Grabner's a regular with the Isles...Isn't he?

November 9, 2010  10:56 AM ET

I wouldn't be worried if I were him the way D-men get hurt in the NHL

November 9, 2010  01:11 PM ET

The most gratifying and healthy scratch is the one where ya take off the dress socks and scratch the bejeepers out of the shins after work!

November 9, 2010  01:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The most gratifying and healthy scratch is the one where ya take off the dress socks and scratch the bejeepers out of the shins after work!

Testify!

November 9, 2010  01:21 PM ET
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Ya have to like the Habs chances with Luogarrd starting tonight.

I always like the chances of any team who lines up against the Canucks.

And the more meaningful the game, the better the chances!

November 9, 2010  01:37 PM ET
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I've drawn blood after that scratch...

Yup- even better if ya can beg your honey to do the scratchin

November 9, 2010  01:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The most gratifying and healthy scratch is the one where ya take off the dress socks and scratch the bejeepers out of the shins after work!

I like my healthy scratches just a bit higher. Maybe I should have that looked at? ;-O

November 9, 2010  01:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I like my healthy scratches just a bit higher. Maybe I should have that looked at? ;-O

LOL- front or back ? The answer determines the type of Doc required.If ya can't remember just sniff the fingers for a reminder :-)

November 9, 2010  02:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Grabner's a regular with the Isles...Isn't he?

3 goals in ten games

November 9, 2010  02:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I always like the chances of any team who lines up against the Canucks.And the more meaningful the game, the better the chances!

As I recall even with Florida Luongo always plays great in his hometown

November 9, 2010  03:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I wouldn't be worried if I were him the way D-men get hurt in the NHL

Save a defenseman get rid of the trapezoid

November 9, 2010  03:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#20):

As I recall even with Florida Luongo always plays great in his hometown

He should go back there then.

2 points for the Habs coming up!

November 9, 2010  03:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#21):

Save a defenseman get rid of the trapezoid

And kill the cap.

November 9, 2010  04:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#23):

And kill the cap.

I think that sucker's gonna kill itself

November 9, 2010  05:28 PM ET
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The teams and the league want it...it's not going anywhere.

But I don't so I'll keep bringing it up to keep it on the front burner.

Most of those "folks" you mention that "want" it wouldn't know their petoots from a hole in the ground.

Aside from yourself of course.

 
November 9, 2010  06:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I always like the chances of any team who lines up against the Canucks.And the more meaningful the game, the better the chances!

I guess the whopping they laid on Detroit reflects how meaningless beating the geriatrics is.

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