July 01 2015 12:05AM
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Kevin Bieksa isn't as serviceable as he once was, but he will be missed by many Canucks fans.
Bieksa competed hard every night, brought entertainment, and played some awesome hockey, which meant a lot to Canucks fans throughout the last decade. Really, the only thing that Bieksa didn't give to Canucks fans was a legitimate explanation for the Juice nickname.
With apologies for omitting the truly memorable Sbieksa defense pairing, here are my top-10 most favourite Bieksa moments from his Canucks career.
June 30 2015 06:09PM
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The Vancouver Canucks were unlikely to be players in free agency. That was prior to Tuesday evening's trade of Kevin Bieksa and his $4.6 million cap hit to the Anaheim Ducks, though.
In the wake of the Bieksa trade the Canucks have nearly $8.3 million in salary cap space to play with according to NHLNumbers.com, and with only four pre-arbitration restricted free agents left to sign, can realistically be players, even if it's only in some limited fashion, when the market opens at noon on July 1.
So what might the Canucks target on the open market? How about some additional blue-line speed.
June 30 2015 04:20PM
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On Tuesday evening the Vancouver Canucks dealt veteran defender Kevin Bieksa to the Anaheim Ducks for a 2016 second-round draft pick.
June 30 2015 02:00PM
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Now that the Canucks have cashed in their goaltending surplus (however unsatisfactory it way, particularly in light of more recent goalies trade) and have allowed Joacim Eriksson to walk un-tendered to the KHL, they'll need to refill their AHL-level goaltending ranks. Jacob Markstrom will graduate to the NHL full time next season, leaving the organization with only Joe Cannata - a .913 goaltender in his AHL career so far - in the professional pipeline.
Not only do the Canucks need a veteran AHL-level goaltender, they ideally need a good one. The thing about employing a competent third-string goalie is that it's not unusual at all for them to legitimately get into some NHL games in any given season. The Canucks, for example, are just one Ryan Miller injury (or re-injury) away from having to ride Markstrom - a guy who hasn't proven that he can hack it at the NHL level - as a workhorse starter.
So, yeah, it would behoove the club to go out and find a competent veteran third-string goaltender, the sort of guy you can trust to give you a few games in the NHL if needed. Here a five options available in unrestricted free agency.
June 30 2015 01:02PM
With the 10th overall pick in the 2015 CHL Import Draft the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League selected Dmitry Zhukenov - the Vancouver Canucks 4th round pick from the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
The Saqueneens Twitter account confidently suggested that Zhukenov would come to North America on Tuesday, which makes sense since it's rare for teams to use high import draft picks on players they have not yet spoken with and have expressed interest in making the jump across the pond.