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Keith Ballard | Defenseman

Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (32) / 11/26/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 204
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Keith Ballard won't require surgery to repair three facial fractures.
He is still out indefinitely. Ballard also suffered a concussion when he was driven face-first into the side boards by Islanders forward Matt Martin on Dec. 9. In 14 games this season, the Wild defenseman has one assist and 26 penalty minutes. Dec 22 - 4:25 PM

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Keith Ballard (concussion/facial fractures) has been placed on the injured reserve list.

Ballard is out indefinitely, so it's not surprising that the Wild would make this move. He has an assist and 26 penalty minutes in 14 contests this season.
Dec 15 - 12:31 PM

Keith Ballard was released from the hospital Wednesday after suffering multiple facial fractures and a concussion.

He is out indefinitely. According to TSN's Darren Dreger, Ballard may need surgery but doctors will wait until the swelling goes down before making another assessment.
Dec 10 - 5:19 PM

Keith Ballard was taken to the hospital Tuesday night after he was driven face-first into the side boards by Islanders forward Matt Martin.

Ballard tried to turn to avoid the contact and his face hit the red dasher on top of the Islanders bench door. It was a scary scene as he appeared to be unconscious and started convulsing, but he made it back to his feet and was helped off the ice. Ballard left with cuts on his face and he does have a history of concussions. The extent of the damage isn't known yet.
Dec 10 - 1:42 PM

Keith Ballard returned to the Wild lineup on Saturday against St. Louis after missing the previous game with a sore back.

Ballard was held pointless in the game and played just 9:48. The 32-year-old has just one assist in 11 games while averaging just over 11:00 of ice time.
Nov 30 - 9:44 AM

Keith Ballard played in his 600th career game on Wednesday night versus Los Angeles.

It was also his 36th birthday. "His play is one thing, but certainly, his impact has been felt," coach Mike Yeo said. "To hear him talking, to hear him engaged and helping the guys, that's been very valuable." He has one assist and 21 penalty minutes in 10 games this season.
Nov 27 - 12:15 PM

The Minnesota Wild activated Keith Ballard off of injured reserve on Saturday.

The Wild face the Montreal Canadiens tonight. They've had some injury issues, so Ballard's return will likely be welcome on defense. Ballard is far removed from his days as a relevant fantasy blueliner, so JFYI.
Nov 8 - 2:22 PM

Keith Ballard (illness) practiced on Monday for the first time in a while.

He has skated just two times in the previous 12 days, so he will need plenty of conditioning sessions to get back into a groove. Ballard still isn't sure what the illness was that caused his jawline to swell up and took away his energy as it was never definitively diagnosed.
Nov 4 - 10:16 AM

Keith Ballard (illness) is now on the injured reserve list.

Ballard hasn't played since Oct. 17. The sickness that he has been battling led to swelling in the jaw.
Oct 28 - 4:54 PM

Keith Ballard and defensive partner Christian Folin were back on the ice during Saturday's skate.

Both had been sidelined by a crazy virus that led to swelling of the jaw. Although neither is ready to play against the Lightning Saturday night, it does seem as if the illness is subsiding. Ballard has little to no fantsasy value, though.
Oct 25 - 2:15 PM

Keith Ballard is dealing with an illness.

Ballard will miss Saturday's game as a result. He's only played in one game so far this season.
Oct 24 - 1:28 PM

Keith Ballard (lower body) returned to action on Friday October 17.

Ballard had an assist and a minor penalty in only 7:08 minutes of action as the Wild went with mostly four defensemen with Mathew Dumba just getting over 11 minutes of ice time. Ballard is not worth taking at this time.
Oct 18 - 2:05 AM

Keith Ballard will not play Saturday night against the Jets due to a lower-body injury.

He should be considered day-to-day.
Sep 27 - 12:51 PM

Keith Ballard has undergone surgery to repair a sports hernia.

GM Chuck Fletcher said that Ballard was the only Wild player to need off-season surgery. The 31-year-old defenseman should be ready for the start of training camp.
Jun 7 - 8:10 AM

Keith Ballard (upper body) will be back in Minnesota's lineup for Game 6.

He missed Game 5 on Sunday because of an upper-body injury after getting hit from behind by Chicago's Brandon Bollig. Ballard is expected to take Nate Prosser's spot in the lineup.
Source: NHL.com
May 13 - 12:11 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Mikko Koivu
2Mikael Granlund
3Erik Haula
4Kyle Brodziak
5Ryan Carter
LW1Zach Parise
2Jason Zucker
3Matt Cooke
4Justin Fontaine
RW1Jason Pominville
2Thomas Vanek
3Nino Niederreiter
4Charlie Coyle
D1Ryan Suter
2Jonas Brodin
3Jared Spurgeon
4Marco Scandella
5Keith Ballard
6Christian Folin
7Justin Falk
8Stu Bickel
9Nate Prosser
G1Darcy Kuemper
2Niklas Backstrom