Jon Blum making #mnwild debut. Looks like Keith Ballard will sit
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Neither Niklas Backstrom nor Keith Ballard cared to waste any energy on frustration or self-pity. Backstrom, the Wild goalie, was inching his way through the uncertain aftermath of a concussion after taking a nasty hit earlier this month. Ballard, who has been sidelined for all but nine games this..." November 23
NHL.com "The Minnesota Wild has assigned forward Mike Rupp to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL) on a conditioning loan. The team also announced today it has placed defenseman Keith Ballard on Injured Reserve with an upper-body injury suffered Nov. 5 against Calgary. Rupp was designated..." November 12
#mnwild coach Mike Yeo: D Keith Ballard will be out about 2 weeks with upper-body injury. D Clayton Stoner day to day, will skate solo Tues.
Yeo: Ballard out with upper body injury. Not related to previous injury. Don't expect it to be long term. Not on trip. #mnwild
Minneapolis Star Tribune "As Josh Harding’s backup goaltender Niklas Backstrom is expected to return to the nets tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning after missing the past four games with a knee injury. Darcy Kuemper will likely be reassigned to Iowa either today or tomorrow joining the Baby Wild in Charlotte for..." October 17
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Once his contract had been bought out Keith Ballard had choices. There were other teams interested in giving the former Gophers defenseman and Baudette Minn. native a chance to hit the reset button on his NHL career but none could offer what the Wild could: the comfort of coming home. So it..." September 21
Keith Ballard's two-year deal with MIN has an AAV of $1.5M.
The Ballard buyout means Alex Edler is no longer a trade target.
Sportsnet.ca "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..." June 20
Vancouver Province "Keith Ballard was asked before a playoff game against the San Jose Sharks if he thought his coach had confidence in him. Raw and honest, he admitted he had no clue. That was two years ago. On the surface, not much has changed. However, it doesn’t take much scratching to see Ballard is..." May 01
Vancouver Sun "In hockey, no means maybe. So when Alain Vigneault says no, there isn’t a chance that playing defenceman Keith Ballard on the wing Tuesday for the third time in four games could be part of a long-term solution to the Vancouver Canucks’ lack of forward depth, he means at the moment, that’s not..." March 27
Vancouver Province "Good thing Keith Ballard has fortified his mental toughness. Looks like he’s going to need it. After emerging from a contemplative, frustrating couple of days, in which he was a healthy scratch for two games, Ballard was committed to being the best he could be. Actually, that’s impossible..." March 06
Vancouver Sun "It’s not hard to cheer for Keith Ballard, whose humility and sense of humour carried him after his game left. The 30-year-old defenceman is never going to be the guy the Vancouver Canucks promised when general manager Mike Gillis sacrificed offensive prospect Michael Grabner and a first-round..." February 07