NHL takeaways: Loss could sting a lot more off the ice than on it
MAY 14, 6:13a ET | Craig Morgan
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.
Rotowire: Feb 15 / 10:55a ET
News: Ballard (concussion) skated with the team Sunday.
Impact: Ballard's return to the ice may be the first since suffering the concussion in December. At one point the blueliner was considering retirement, but it appears he will give it another go as he begins the process towards returning to the lineup.
Rotowire: Jan 6 / 7:58a ET
News: Ballard is still experiencing concussion symptoms and is weighing retirement, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "Knowing what we know about concussions, I have to think about the long term," Ballard said.
Impact: Ballard suffered a concussion and multiple facial fractures after taking a hit to the boards on Dec. 9. It was his third concussion in 14 months and fifth in five years, and he was convulsing on the ice afterward. It doesn't sound like he'll return this season, and his career may be over.