Keith Ballard RUMORS & NEWS

  • Report: Concussion forces Ballard to retire

    TSN "Former Minnesota Wild defenceman Keith Ballard has reportedly decided to retire from hockey due to concussion-related problems. It was a year ago that he was hit along the boards by New York Islanders forward Matt Martin, and was left convulsing after smashing his head off the dasher board and..." December 10

  • Wild D Keith Ballard will consider retirement after latest concussion

    CBS Sports "Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard has not played since Dec. 9 when he was injured following a big hit from New York Islanders forward Matt Martin. Ballard was briefly hospitalized following that game and was diagnosed with his third concussion in the past 14 months. On Monday, he spoke..." January 06

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    Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger

    Keith Ballard has been released from hosptital. Has a concussion and a few facial fractures. Out indefinitely. @NHLonNBCSports

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    KFAN1003 @KFAN1003

    Yeo - "For lineup changes, Ballard will be back in, Prosser will be out tonight." #mnwild

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    Chris Kuc @ChrisKuc

    Wild defenseman Keith Ballard (upper body) will not make the trip to Chicago so will not play in Game 5.

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    Minnesota Wild @mnwild

    Yeo: Ballard into lineup tonight #mnwild #itsplayoffseason

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    Michael Russo @Russostrib

    Jon Blum making #mnwild debut. Looks like Keith Ballard will sit

  • Backstrom, Ballard practice but not expected to play for Wild in Winnipeg

    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

  • Rupp Assigned to Iowa For Conditioning; Ballard on Injured Reserved "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

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    Rachel Blount @BlountStrib

    #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.

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    Minnesota Wild @mnwild

    Yeo: Ballard out with upper body injury. Not related to previous injury. Don't expect it to be long term. Not on trip. #mnwild

  • Ballard out, Dumba in; Backstrom returns in backup role tonight

    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

  • No place like home for Wild's Ballard

    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

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    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    Keith Ballard's two-year deal with MIN has an AAV of $1.5M.

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    Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger

    The Ballard buyout means Alex Edler is no longer a trade target.

  • Agent: Buyout would benefit Canucks’ Ballard

    Sportsnet "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

  • Fighting feelings of rejection, Ballard looks to Luongo for inspiration

    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

  • Canucks winging it with Keith Ballard works wonders

    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

  • Injury just the latest frustration for Canucks’ defenceman Ballard

    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 Canucks' Keith Ballard makes all the little plays

    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

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