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Will The Canucks Keep Bieksa?

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

Many have jumped to the conclusion the Canucks will be forced to keep Bieksa because of Salo’s latest ailment. Some have argued they may not have a choice. If Salo’s recovery is slow, Bieksa is the team’s only right-handed shot, unless Willie Mitchell enters the equation. In addition, if Salo is out, Bieksa is traded, and Mitchell moves on, Shane O’Brien jumps to the No. 5 slot and Andrew Alberts gets plenty of playing time. Not appetizing at all.

But, that said, can Canucks afford to keep Bieksa?

Consider this, Bieksa has missed more games than Salo because of injuries in the past four seasons. Can any NHL blueline afford to have both the injury prone Bieksa and the injury plagued Salo in the same top six? And do it for a robust $7.25 million combined cap hit? Would anyone want to?

It’s not like the team has a lot of room to take risks. The Canucks are already feeling cap pressure. Jannik Hansen’s deal pushed them over the cap and they still aren’t counting Mason Raymond, who could get $3 million in Monday’s arbitration hearing, or Cody Hodgson who carries a $1.6 million cap hit.


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Sami Salo Tears Achilles Playing Floorball

from the Vancouver Sun,

According to reports out of Finland, Vancouver Canucks defenceman Sami Salo tore an Achilles tendon playing floor hockey and will be out at least three months.

The Canucks have yet to confirm or deny the report, which surfaced on Friday.


I Skyped with a buddy in Finland, he is confirming this and I put up a tweet about it.

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What Vancouver Would Want To Send Bieksa To Anaheim

from Ben Kuzma of the White Towel at the Vancouver Province,

The Anaheim Ducks are doing more than kicking the tires on Kevin Bieksa. They’re checking the sticker price.

If the Ducks are willing to part with a draft pick and a prospect, that could send the Vancouver Canucks defenceman and the $3.75 million US remaining on his salary to a team in need of back-end help. It would also ease salary cap concerns for the Canucks, who added $825,000 to the mix Thursday in Jannik Hansen’s arbitration settlement that puts the the club more than $1 million over the $59.4 million ceiling.

After trading defenceman Steve Eminger to the New York Rangers — and losing Scott Niedermayer to retirement — the Ducks are down to Lumobir Visnovsky, Sheldon Brookbank, Tony Lydman and Danny Syvret as roster veterans and have yet to sign restricted free agent James Wisniewski.


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Bieksa Or Souray Could Help Ducks

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,

No one is saying it on the record but the Ducks still want to add another defenseman of some significance and their prime target as of now would be Vancouver’s Kevin Bieksa.

Let’s get this straight. Bieksa would not be the cure-all to a unit whose current top two performers are Lubomir Visnovsky and James Wisniewski, who’s still unsigned and likely won’t be before his Aug. 3 arbitration hearing given the sizable difference between the defenseman and the club.

But there are advantages to acquiring Bieksa, who’s clearly on the trade market after the Canucks added veterans Keith Ballard and Dan Hamhuis. He’s 29 and relatively affordable with $3.5 million owed this season on an expiring contract. He’s also productive when healthy as he has twice put up 40-point seasons….

If the Ducks are unable to land Bieksa, would they consider taking a flier on oft-injured, big-salaried Sheldon Souray if they can get Edmonton to take streaky, big-salaried Jason Blake?


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  Tags: kevin+bieksa, sheldon+souray

Are Prospect Camps Worth The Cost?

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

All the usual nice things were said Wednesday at the Canucks prospects camp with everyone going through the traditional verbal motions and patting themselves on the back at what will be accomplished.

But you have to wonder whether all the money allocated to this couldn’t have been better spent.

It’s one thing for a player to come to Vancouver for the first time, and get the feel of the organization and get a sense of what’s being asked by the organization. That makes sense, good sense.

But what does it do for Anton Rodin or Peter Andersson (or Jordan Schroeder for that matter), for instance, to fly all the way over from Sweden and back for a few days of climbing the Grouse Grind, listening to the Iron Chef and finishing with a 3-on-3 tournament?


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Evening Line

“It’s going to be special and neat to have a chance to come back to the arena and I’m sure there will be a lot of memories going through my head and that I’ll be nervous too, but I’m really looking forward to it,”

-Markus Naslund on the Vancouver Canucks retiring his number.  More from Derek Jory of Canucks.com.

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Why Is Bieksa A Trade Target?

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

There are three defencemen in Vancouver who make $3 million-plus and have one year left on their contracts before becoming UFA’s. Kevin Bieksa, Christian Ehrhoff and Sami Salo, the only one with a no-trade clause.

So why is Kevin Bieksa the only one anyone talks about when conversation moves to clearing some space on Vancouver’s crowded blue-line?

continued plus Calgary and Souray talk…

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A Great Day For Vancouver

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

“I think it’s a great day,” said Gillis. “Those are the two guys [Hamhuis and Ballard] who we really wanted to try and get. It gives us a lot of flexibility moving forward and addresses some needs we had.

“[The Ballard deal] allowed us to be patient and target the one guy we wanted on free-agency day. That’s why we didn’t have to go and get a guy we weren’t necessarily as keen on because we had Keith Ballard.”

The odd-men out should be Mitchell and Kevin Bieksa. One isn’t fast enough for 2010, the other is far too mistake prone. Not a good combination for a team that loves to pinch and pressure from its blueline.

None of the moves are going to jolt Las Vegas with a sudden surge of bets on the Canucks to win the 2011 Stanley Cup. But together, they represent progress, an indication the team isn’t into treading water.

Acquiring Hamhuis has to change the prism from which many viewed the Ballard deal, a trade criticized by those who thought the Canucks gave up far too much. Now, Ballard and Hamhuis on the same defence give the Canucks an entirely different look. Even when the expected shoe drops and Bieksa is traded, Vancouver will have five defencemen competing for the top two spots on its blueline. This is a good thing.


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Hamhuis To Vancouver

via Darren Dreger tweet,

RDS says Hamhuis to Vancouver is done

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Manny Malhotra Goes To Vancouver

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Manny Malhotra to Vancouver, 3 yrs / 7.5M no trade AAV 2.5.

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