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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%: 0/0
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12/15/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild Place Ballard On IR

News: The Wild placed Keith Ballard (concussion) on IR, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Keith Ballard is still considered out indefinitely, so the move to IR will open up a roster spot for the team to work with while he's out.

12/11/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard Out Indefinitely

News: Keith Ballard is dealing with a concussion and multiple facial fractures and is considered out indefinitely, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: The defenseman was released from the hospital Wednesday after he took a hard hit into the boards from the Isles' Matt Martin a night earlier. It's good to see that Keith Ballard is now resting comfortably back at home, but it sounds like he'll be forced out of the lineup for multiple games due to the injuries he suffered. Surgery hasn't been ruled out as an option, but the doctors will need a few days to let the swelling go down. Opportunity knocks for Christian Folin to claim his spot on the Wild's third pairing.

12/9/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard Taken to Hospital After Big Hit

News: Keith Ballard was taken to an area hospital after a tough hit from the Islanders' Matt Martin midway through the second period Tuesday that appeared to briefly knock him out, NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Keith Ballard was driven hard into the boards by Martin and stayed on the ice for some time. A stretcher was brought out, but Ballard skated off under his own power. The team reported that Ballard was conscious at the hospital.

11/8/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild Activate Ballard

News: Keith Ballard (illness) has been activated from injured reserve.
Analysis: With the debilitating illness that sidelined him for three weeks now behind him, Keith Ballard will make his return to the lineup Saturday against the Canadiens. He's expected to skate with Matt Dumba, with Nate Prosser heading to the press box as a healthy scratch.

11/8/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard (Illness) Should Return Saturday

News: Keith Ballard (illness) is expected to return Saturday against the Canadiens, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Keith Ballard has been sidelined since Oct. 23 with an unknown illness that required him to take a stint on the disabled list. He practiced Monday and appears to be returned to full health.

11/3/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard Practices

News: Keith Ballard (illness) practiced with the team Monday, Rachel Blount of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports
Analysis: Keith Ballard seems to finally be getting over the mysterious illness that warranted a move to IR. He'll still need to be activated before he suits up again, but it looks like he could be in the lineup Tuesday against the Penguins.

10/30/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard Still Feeling Ill

News: Keith Ballard (illness) hasn't shown much improvement with his condition, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Keith Ballard visited doctors for more blood work Wednesday with the hope of getting a better handle on how to treat the illness. He was placed on injured reserve Tuesday and has no clear timetable for a return.

10/28/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild Place Ballard On IR

News: Keith Ballard (illness) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Both Keith Ballard and Christian Folin continue to remain at less-than-optimal health due to a mysterious illness, resulting in the Wild moving both players to IR to provide the team with some more depth on defense. Since the two blueliners have already been out for over a week, they'll be able to return to action as soon as they're deemed healthy. Justin Falk and Stu Bickel were recalled from AHL Iowa in corresponding moves.

10/25/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard (Illness) Won't Travel On Road Trip

News: Keith Ballard (illness) will not be with the Wild on their upcoming road trip, the Minneapolis Star Tribune's MIchael Russo reports.
Analysis: Minnesota will hit the road for a back-to-back on Monday at the Rangers and Tuesday at Boston before returning home Thursday. That Thursday tilt against the Sharks is the most likely date for Keith Ballard's return.

10/24/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard Ruled Out Saturday

News: Keith Ballard (illness) will remain out of the lineup Saturday against the Lightning.
Analysis: Keith Ballard's defensive partner, Christian Folin, also remains under the weather and will be unavailable Saturday. As a result, the duo of Matthew Dumba and Nate Prosser will assume third-pairing duties for the second straight contest.

10/23/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard Out Sick Thursday

News: Keith Ballard (illness) will not be available for Thursday's game against the Coyotes, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Both Keith Ballard and his usual defensive partner (Christian Folin) were feeling sick Thursday morning, prompting coach Mike Yeo to tab Matthew Dumba and Nate Prosser for third-pairing duties. A day out of the lineup should be all Ballard needs to clear up the illness before a likely return to action Saturday against the Bolts.

10/17/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard Will Play Friday

News: Keith Ballard is expected to play Friday against Anaheim, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: It will be Keith Ballard's season debut after he missed the first two games with a lower-body injury. However, he may not be active most games with a youth movement on the Wild's blue line.

10/14/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard Back Healthy

News: Keith Ballard (lower body) was a full participant at Monday's practice, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Keith Ballard looks like he'll be healthy enough to make his season debut this coming weekend. He was paired with Matthew Dumba during the session.

10/8/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard Will Miss Opener

News: Keith Ballard took a shot off his body in practice Tuesday which likely led to him missing practice Wednesday. He'll be held out of Thursday's game but is expected to take part in the team's morning skate, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: The 31-year-old blueliner may not have taken the ice even if he was healthy for the opener, but the injury ensures that he'll miss at least Thursday's game against Colorado.

10/2/2014

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Keith Ballard

Ballard Back For Wild

News: Keith Ballard (lower body) is set to return to the lineup in Thursday's preseason match against St. Louis.
Analysis: Keith Ballard may have more competition for a spot in the third pairing than it initially seemed, especially with the Wild grabbing Nate Prosser off waivers on Thursday. Ballard is risky draft pick for a fantasy league right now. He doesn't offer a lot of production and could find himself on the outside looking in.

9/26/2014

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Keith Ballard

WIld's Ballard Exits With Lower-Body Injury

News: Keith Ballard left Thursday's exhibition loss to Pittsburgh with what's believed to be a minor lower-body injury, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Luckily Keith Ballard has time to recover for the regular season. We wouldn't expect him to play much in the exhibition season if this is at all serious.

9/19/2014

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Keith Ballard

Wild's Ballard Full Participant In Camp

News: Keith Ballard (hernia) was a full participant in the first practice and scrimmage of Minnesota's training camp, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Keith Ballard had sports hernia surgery after the season, but looks at full strength as training camp begins. He played just 45 games last season as he struggled to stay healthy due to a groin injury and concussion.

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.