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2 Keith Ballard D
Height/Weight: 5-11/202 | Birthdate: 11/26/1982 | Birthplace: Baudette, MN, USA | Team: Minnesota Wild | College: Minnesota | NHL Experience: 9 | Salary: $4,200,000 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 230.50
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6/7/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard Has Groin Surgery

News: Keith Ballard had sports hernia surgery after the season, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Keith Ballard played just 45 games last season as he struggled to stay healthy due to a groin injury and concussion.

5/13/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard Set To Rejoin Lineup

News: Keith Ballard (head) is slated to play in Tuesday's Game 6 against the Blackhawks, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: With Keith Ballard, who did not play in Sunday's Game 5, poised to return to action, Nate Prosser is in line to be the odd man out on the Wild blue line Tuesday.

5/10/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard (Head) Out For Game 5

News: Keith Ballard (head) will not play in Sunday's Game 5 against the Blackhawks, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: Keith Ballard left Friday's Game 4 with a head injury, limiting him to just 7:10 of ice time. He did not make the trip to Chicago with the team and will sit out Game 5.

5/10/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard Suffers Head Injury

News: Keith Ballard left Friday's win over Chicago with a head injury, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Keith Ballard missed two months with a groin injury and had just returned the past two games. His availability for the rest of the playoff series against Chicago is now in doubt. Nate Prosser will get more ice time as a result.

5/6/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard Rejoins Lineup

News: Keith Ballard (groin) is slated to suit up Tuesday against the Blackhawks.
Analysis: Keith Ballard, who last suited up for the Wild on March 17, recorded nine points in 45 regular season games for the team. Meanwhile, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press suggests that Ballard will replace Nate Prosser in the Wild's Game 3 lineup against Chicago.

4/15/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard (Groin) Remains Sidelined

News: Keith Ballard (groin) practiced Tuesday, but is not expected to play in Game 1 of the Wild's first-round playoff series against Colorado, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: It sounds like he could return during the playoff series if needed, however.

4/9/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard (Groin) Skating Again

News: Keith Ballard (groin) returned to skating Tuesday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Keith Ballard isn't likely to play much, if at all, before the playoffs begin.

4/7/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard Remains Out With Groin Injury

News: Keith Ballard (groin) will not play Monday against Winnipeg, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: He was thought to be close to returning last week, but didn't even participate in Thursday's morning skate. There's no timetable for his return as a result.

3/31/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard Returns To Practice

News: Keith Ballard (groin) returned to practice Sunday, but isn't expected to play Monday at Phoenix, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: It sounds like Keith Ballard could return later this week after missing seven games with the injury.

3/27/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard Remains Sidelined

News: Keith Ballard (groin) won't play Thursday at St. Louis, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Keith Ballard has missed five games with the injury and there's no timetable for his return.

3/24/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard Remains Out With Groin Injury

News: Keith Ballard (groin) hasn't been cleared to resume skating and is doubtful for Wednesday's game against Vancouver, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Keith Ballard has missed the last three games with the injury, and there's no timetable for his return. With Clayton Stoner also hurt, Jonathon Blum will get more ice time.

3/21/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard (Groin) Doesn't Practice Friday

News: Keith Ballard (groin) didn't practice Friday, the Star Tribune's Michael Russo reports.
Analysis: He has missed the past two contests with the groin injury, and should be considered questionable for Saturday's match against the Red Wings.

3/20/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard Out Thursday With Groin Issue

News: Keith Ballard is dealing with a groin issue and won't play Thursday against the Devils, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Keith Ballard had found himself out of the lineup as a healthy scratch in two of the last three games anyway, so the groin injury doesn't really change his situation much. The Wild are labeling him day-to-day with the injury, putting his availability in question for the next couple of contests.

3/10/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Prosser A Healthy Scratch

News: Keith Ballard was a healthy scratch in Sunday's loss to St. Louis. Nate Prosser, Clayton Stoner and Ballard will rotate being healthy scratches the rest of the season, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: It looks like Keith Ballard could lose some playing time down the stretch.

1/26/2014

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Keith Ballard

Minnesota's Ballard Gets Rare Goal

News: Keith Ballard registered his first tally of the season Saturday, giving the Wild a 2-0 lead early in the second frame against San Jose. But the Sharks stormed back to win the game in overtime, 3-2.
Analysis: Early in his career, Keith Ballard offered respectable fantasy value from the blue line. But that phase of his career ended after the 2009-10 campaign; these days, you have to regard him as a stay-at-home rearguard.

1/22/2014

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Keith Ballard

WIld's Ballard Getting More Ice Time

News: Keith Ballard had two hits and was on the ice for 12:51 in Tuesday's loss to Dallas. He's moved back to the right side of the third defensive pairing, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Keith Ballard is typically paired with a left-handed shooter, but he's played the left side recently as the Wild have shifted their defensive pairings. Ballard has been stuck on the bench for stretches this season due to poor play, but he's played three games in a row.

1/10/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard A Healthy Scratch

News: Keith Ballard was a healthy scratch in Thursday's win over Phoenix, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Keith Ballard has two assists and is minus-13 in 19 games since returning from broken ribs. He was benched even with an injury to Jared Spurgeon, so he's deep in the coach's doghouse.

1/5/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard Posts Assist

News: Keith Ballard had an assist in 13:13 of ice time in Saturday's win over Washington.
Analysis: Keith Ballard was a healthy scratch in the Wild's previous game and looked set to sit on the bench after he was a minus-12 in 17 games since returning from a broken rib. However, Jared Spurgeon's foot injury put him back in the lineup and Ballard responded with an assist. It looks like Ballard will stay in the lineup as a result.

1/3/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard A Healthy Scratch

News: Keith Ballard was a healthy scratch in Thursday's win over Buffalo. "Since [Ballard's] second injury ...[his game is] not where it was, and we have to find a way to get it back," head coach Mike Yeo told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Analysis: Keith Ballard had been a minus-12 in 17 games since returning from a broken rib, so this could be a sign he'll lose playing time.

11/27/2013

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard Will Play Wednesday

News: Keith Ballard (upper body) will play Wednesday against the Coyotes.
Analysis: Coach Mike Yeo confirmed that Keith Ballard will return against Phoenix, after spending more than three weeks on the shelf with an upper-body injury. The 31-year-old returned to practice last week, but the team may opt to ease him back into the rotation.

11/26/2013

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard Likely To Play Wednesday

News: Keith Ballard (upper body) is considered probable to play Wednesday against the Coyotes, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Keith Ballard's return represents a small silver lining for the Wild, who were dealt a critical blow Tuesday with the news that forward Zach Parise would miss the next 2-3 weeks with a foot contusion. The defenseman last played Nov. 6 and had four points in nine games prior to suffering the injury.

11/23/2013

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard Returns To Practice

News: Keith Ballard (upper body) is with the team in Winnipeg and took part in Friday's practice, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Though Keith Ballard doesn't appear likely to play Saturday vs. the Jets, he'll continue to travel with the team for the last leg of the road trip to St. Louis and could be ready to play Monday against the Blues. The defenseman landed on injured reserve Nov. 12 with the injury, which he sustained while blocking a shot in a game.

11/13/2013

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard Lands On IR

News: Keith Ballard (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
Analysis: Coach Mike Yeo announced Monday that Keith Ballard would miss multiple weeks with the injury, so the placement on IR doesn't qualify as much of a surprise. Fortunately, fellow defensemen Clayton Stoner was able to practice Tuesday and could return at some point this week to add stability to the Wild's blue line.

11/11/2013

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard Out For Couple Weeks

News: Keith Ballard is expected to miss a couple of weeks with an upper-body injury.
Analysis: Keith Ballard has been dealing with an upper-body injury that he sustained last week on a blocked shot against the Flames. He will be targeting a return now toward the end of November.

11/6/2013

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard To Miss Next Two Games

News: Keith Ballard (upper body) will miss Thursday's game against the Capitals and Saturday's game against the Hurricanes, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Keith Ballard, who is coming off of a concussion injury that forced him to miss seven games, blocked a shot during Tuesday's game and missed parts of the third period. It is unclear what exactly the injury is and has caused Ballard to not make the trip with the team. Nate Prosser and Matt Dumba could both see time in the defensive position with Ballard's absence.