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Breaking down the Ballard trade

Updated: June 25, 2010, 10:58 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun

LOS ANGELES -- New GM Dale Tallon continued his overhaul of the Florida Panthers, and for the second time in a week, I really like the trade he's pulled off.

For starters, just getting Keith Ballard's five-year, $21 million deal off the books is a major coup.

A GM from one of the several Western Conference teams that spoke with Florida about Ballard on Friday couldn't look past the contract. "That's just too much money for my liking," said the GM.

Tallon ...

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