Are the Canucks Better Without Kevin Bieksa?

That's Offside!
January 26 2015 10:00AM

More than halfway through the NHL season, the Vancovuer Canucks continued to have good luck with injuries. Sure, they'd lost Dan Hamhuis to a fluky leg injury and Zack Kassian to a broken finger for a short while, but they hadn't exactly been the Columbus Blue Jackets in terms of an absolutely decimated roster. In fact, in terms of man-games lost to injury, the Canucks have been the 6th healthiest team in the NHL. Weighting for cap hit of injured players, they've been the 4th healthiest team.

This will take a hit in the upcoming weeks though, as Kevin Bieksa underwent surgery on a broken hand on Wednesday, meaning that he'll be out of the lineup for the foreseeable future. Bieksa though has struggled at times this season and come under fire for his defensive deficiencies and casual appearance on the ice, leading some fans to question whether the Canucks will actually benefit from his absence.

Has Kevin Bieksa actually become so bad that Vancouver will be better without him? Let's explore after the jump.

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First Star, Worst Star: January 25th, 2015

jeanshorts
January 25 2015 02:08PM

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First Star. Worst Star. All-Star. All-Star Weekend. It's the All-Star Weekend Edition of First Star, Worst Star! 

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THE PACIFIC WAR ROOM

Nation World HQ
January 24 2015 07:29AM

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As you know, our friends at The Royal Half have created a weekly segment known as the Pacific War Room… It's a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover the Pacific Division teams. Well, the writers have spent another week smashing their faces on their keyboards in the hopes that something would come out, and here we are.  Ladies and gentlemen, we present the Pacific War Room.

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Comets Militia: Down on the Farm – January 23rd, 2015

Josh W
January 23 2015 09:30AM

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Courtesy: UticaComets.com

Welcome back to the weekly Utica Comets report, where we cover all of the latest activities of the Vancouver Canucks farm team the Utica Comets.  The Comets have had a lighter week with only two games on the schedule, and were only able to return to the Aud with a total of 1 of 4 points.  With both the NHL All-Star break and the AHL All-Star break soon beginning, the Comets look to have a short rest while Jacob Markstrom, Cal O'Reilly and Bobby Sanguinetti are in the AHL All-Star starting line up.

Read past the jump for all of your Utica Comets stats and information.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
January 23 2015 07:30AM

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The loser point, Leafs piling up losses, David Clarkson, Flames buying or selling, Jeff Petry, an Oilers cartoon, skill players fighting and more in this week's Roundup.

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