NHL takeaways: Loss could sting a lot more off the ice than on it
MAY 14, 6:13a ET | Craig Morgan
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.
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.