Found December 17, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
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Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz was right. There is no place like home. Just ask Keith Ballard, the former Vancouver Canuck defenceman who is now back home playing for the Minnesota Wild. It was only a matter of hours after the Canucks bought out the final two years of his $4.2-million-a-season contract this past summer that Ballard inked a two-year deal worth $1.5 million a season with the Wild. “It was quick,” Ballard said Monday after the Wild practised at the Xcel Energy Center. “I talked to a couple other teams and it wasn’t one of those things where I had my mind set on coming here, but it worked out and it was appealing to me for a number of different reasons. It’s nice for my family, but also just the comfort level.” Ballard never found that comfort level in his three seasons with the Canucks. He had a big contract to live up to and never seemed to really gain the trust of former Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault. When he played, he played with the fear of making a mistake, ...
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