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The Vancouver Canucks have moved veteran blueliner Kevin Bieksa.
Vancouver traded the veteran defenceman to the Anaheim Ducks for a 2016 second-round draft pick.
It looked like Bieksa was going to end up in San Jose, but a deal at the draft last weekend fell apart.
He has one year left on his contract worth more than $2.5 million dollars U-S, but the salary cap hit for Anaheim will be $4.6 million. The Ducks are expected to announce a contract extension for the blueliner on Canada day.
The 34-year-old has played in 597 NHL games over a decade, all with Vancouver.
The biggest goal he scored for the Canucks came in the 2011 Western Conference Final. After the puck hit the stanchion on the right wing boards,the defenceman drained the double overtime winner from the point in game five to clinch the game 3-2, and the series 4-1 over San Jose.
He will be reunited in Anaheim with longtime teammate Ryan Kesler who was dealt to the Ducks last summer.
Barring injury, Bieksa’s first appearance back in Vancouver as a Duck will be on New Years Day, January 1st at 7 PM. The Canucks are in Anaheim for the third game of the season on October 12.