NHL takeaways: Loss could sting a lot more off the ice than on it
MAY 14, 6:13a ET | Craig Morgan
Rotowire: May 11 / 2:15p ET
News: Ballard said during Monday's media availability that he is still experiencing the effects of a concussion suffered Dec. 9, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Ballard will become an unrestricted free agent this summer and could be headed for retirement for health reasons, as he's been diagnosed with five concussions in the last five years alone. At 32 years old, Ballard isn't completely over the hill, but his lengthy history of head injuries probably ensures that he'll receive limited interest from other clubs.
StatsLLC: Apr 2 / 12:00a ET
News: Ballard has returned to the ice for the first time in about two months, though he's not expected to play any time soon.
Impact: Keep Ballard out of your lineup until next season.
Rotowire: Mar 2 / 3:03p ET
News: Ballard (concussion) appears unlikely to play again this season, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Ballard has been on the ice in recent weeks, but hasn't been able to increase the intensity of his workouts without concussion symptoms surfacing. The 32-year-old blueliner will be a free agent in the offseason and doesn't figure to draw much interest due to the uncertainty surrounding his status.