The agent for defenceman Keith Ballard tells The Vancouver Sun he has not been in contact with the Canucks since the end of the season, so he has no insight into whether or not they will buy his client out of the two years remaining on his contract. His deal represents a $4.2 million cap hit.

“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 of the Canucks and Ballard.

Hankinson does not think Ballard will have trouble finding work in the NHL if the Canucks do the expected and buy him out.

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