In the end, Kevin Bieksa goes to the Anaheim Ducks to reunite with Ryan Kesler.
I am good with that…and you should be to.
I am not looking at this from the happy ending kind of situation for Bieksa, in fact I am the opposite of that. I see this as a benefit to the Vancouver Canucks. While Kevin Bieksa throughout his career here in Vancouver has been very effective in his multiple roles as defenseman, leader, agitator and all around team guy, his game has slipped in the past season…as a hockey player he is clearly on the back nine of his career.
Then he was owned by Michael Ferland of Calgary in the opening round. Bieksa made Ferland a household name, up until then Ferland had a tough time being a household name in his own house.
Which gets me back to my point; Bieksa is joining a strong Anaheim team that can surely insulate him from what we have seen here in Vancouver, but we know that if the Canucks are getting younger, and they are, that the youth will be fast. This trade benefits Vancouver. They shed salary, they get younger and they now face a player who will most certainly be focussing all of his efforts on beating Vancouver every time he plays them. It also is another trade Benning has been compelled to make to get rid of a bad Mike Gillis contract, but that is a topic for a different day.
This is a good move by Jim Benning to address his cap issues and get younger. Bieksa leaves as a popular player and teammate. Thank you for your service #3, but in this business, it’s about what you have, not what you don’t.
For the Canucks, the next question should be; who steps up now?