With Kevin Bieksa, the Good Far Outweighs the Bad

Jeff Angus
February 28 2013 01:10PM

Kevin Bieksa has carried many labels during his tenure with the Canucks. At his best, he is a physical and instinctive two-way defenseman who can play on the power play and shut down opposing star forwards.

At his worst, he is an overly aggressive defenseman who goes out of position to make plays, both defensively and offensively.

He has battled through some pretty significant injuries in his career. He has formed one half of two of the best defensive pairings the Canucks have ever seen (with Willie Mitchell for a few seasons, and now with Dan Hamhuis).

Bieksa is also a difficult defenseman to analyze. Why? Read on to find out.

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Grinder Aaron Volpatti Claimed by Capitals

Thomas Drance
February 28 2013 10:55AM

Per Ryan Rishaug, who has spent the past twenty-four hours pumping Aaron Volpatti's tires very publicly, the Canucks grinder was claimed on waivers by the Washington Capitals today. 

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Ryan Kesler Out (Again) with a Broken Foot

Thomas Drance
February 27 2013 04:51PM

It wasn't clear when the Canucks waived grinder Aaron Volpatti on Wednesday morning what angle the club was playing at. The roster maneuver began to make more sense however, at the team's practice on Wednesday afternoon when Ryan Kesler was wearing a boot. It turns out the Canucks' Selke winning centre was injured, and the team will recall Andrew Ebbett to plug a major hole in their top-six.

According to Alain Vigneault, the injury is a broken foot and Kesler should miss the next four to six weeks as a result. Yikes.

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Aaron Volpatti on Waivers, Pinizzotto to make NHL debut?

Thomas Drance
February 27 2013 11:33AM

Aaron Volpatti fought Ryan Reeves nine days ago which is crazy.
(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

The Canucks have placed popular BC-born pugilist Aaron Volpatti on waivers today, as first reported by Darren Dreger and since confirmed by the club. The move was recieved with skepticism from the fan-base, partly because Aaron Volpatti is a "louder" presence on the ice than chronically under-appreciated fourth line winger Dale Weise.

Some theorize that the Canucks are sending Volpatti to Chicago in order to call up diminutive center Andrew Ebbett, who has the advantage of being a left-handed centreman. That makes some sense but I prefer to trust Bob McKenzie who suggested that that the Canucks are waiving Aaron Volpatti - who I'd describe as relatively unlikely to be claimed by another team - in order to clear space for Steve "editor's bane" Pinizzotto who is finally healthy.

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Coyote Ugly; Canucks Fall to Phoenix By A Score of 4-2: Recap and Chance Data

Dimitri Filipovic
February 27 2013 12:37AM

You just felt like you were being punched in the face while watching this game; Dale Weise actually did.

In what was the first game back home following an uneven road trip, the Vancouver Canucks fell to the Phoenix Coyotes by a score of 4-2. We all know what type of game the Yotes like to play; a low-event, risk-free brand of hockey. Given the way their roster is assembled, it's a necessity for them if they have any hope of succeeding.

What we saw on Tuesday night was what will often happen when the other team obliges them in playing that sort of game, succumbing to their style. I'll give you a hint: it's not pretty.

Read on Past the Jump for Scoring Chance Data, and Analysis.

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