VANCOUVER — The agent for defenceman Keith Ballard has not heard from the Vancouver Canucks regarding a possible compliance buyout of his client.
"No, I haven't talked to them since the end of the season," Ben Hankinson, Ballard's Minnesota-based agent, said Wednesday. "So I have no insight on what they are going to do. Keith hasn't spoken to them and neither have I."
Some teams have begun notifying players of their intent to buy them out. Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren, for example, reportedly recently met with Daniel Briere and informed the veteran centre of the team's plan to buy out the remaining two years of his contract.
"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.
Ballard has two years remaining at $4.2 million a season on his contract and the Canucks desperately...