Vancouver Canucks: Could Keith Ballard’s Injury Make Them Even Stronger?

February 9th, 2011 by James Edgington Leave a reply »
Sometimes life seems to kick people when they are down by handing them another dose of bad luck. But then life is all about dealing with the good, bad and downright terrible things that are often thrown at us.

During the course of an 82-game NHL season, each team will find themselves facing adversity. Take the New York Islanders, who, after having a few problems in net, decided to claim Evgeni Nabokov off waivers only to have him refuse to play for the club.

Or the Penguins, who were relieved to get star centre Evgeni Malkin back in the line up after a five-game absence due to knee problems and sinus infection.

Relief turned to dismay when the Russian tore the MCL and ACL in his knee, and he will likely be out for the rest of the season. The loss of Malkin was just another slap in the face for a team already missing Sidney Crosby.

When Canucks defenseman Keith Ballard was seen writhing on the ice, clearly suffering a lot of pain in the early stages of Monday night’s game against Ottawa, it meant the club would have to survive another match with only five members of the defense.

Later in that game, Aaron Rome, who, al ...

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