Report: Long-awaited Canucks-Sharks Kevin Bieksa trade hits a snag

Thomas Drance
June 26 2015 03:43PM

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The general problem with attempting to deal players who have contractual trade protection is that the deals become three-dimensional in nature. It's not Kevin Bieksa who is holding up a long-awaited trade between the Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks though, at least according to a report from TSN's Darren Dreger.

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Kings land Milan Lucic with blockbuster deal

Thomas Drance
June 26 2015 03:21PM

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The dream of Milan Lucic wearing Canucks blue is dead, at least for this year, with the bruising power forward landing with the Los Angeles Kings.

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Report: Bruins 'seriously considering' Lucic deal, Canucks on his 15-team list

Thomas Drance
June 26 2015 08:46AM

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Even though his relationship with his hometown has been rocky since he hoisted the Stanley Cup on Vancouver ice wearing Boston Bruins laundry, Vancouver Giants great Milan Lucic in a Vancouver Canucks uniform has been a cherished pipe dream of many hockey fans in the lower mainland since, oh, about 2007.

Could this long-held fantasy be realized this weekend? Probably not, but it would seem to be as close to a realistic possibility as its ever been. Maybe Buccigross knew.

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Report: Canucks' Kevin Bieksa willing to facilitate trade to San Jose

Thomas Drance
June 26 2015 07:30AM

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The Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks appear to be getting close to a trade that would send veteran defender Kevin Bieksa to Northern California. 

Bieksa has agreed to waive his no-trade clause, according to a report from Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, which would indicate that these trade talks have matured significantly in the 12 hours since the Sharks' interest was first reported

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Report: Sharks apparently 'very interested' in Kevin Bieksa

Thomas Drance
June 25 2015 07:41PM

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Kevin Bieksa's finest moment as a Vancouver Canucks defender came during the 2011 Western Conference Final against the San Jose Sharks, when he was hitting everything, fighting Patrick Marleau, and even scoring breakaway goals. The series winner, weird as it was, was just icing on the cake.

Since then Bieksa has publicly criticized the Sharks for diving, even going so far as to say the club lacked integrity.

And now? Well now the Sharks are reportedly keenly interested in acquiring the physical, 34-year-old Canucks blue liner who may or may not have been asked to waive his no-trade clause this week, according to a report from Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

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