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Vancouver Sun 21 hours ago
Iain MacIntyre: Canucks post draft must deal with defenceman Kevin Bieksa

Iain MacIntyre: Canucks post draft must deal with defenceman Kevin Bieksa

SUNRISE, Fla. — It’s just as well people never actually built that statue of Jim Benning a year ago when the Vancouver Canucks’ general manager returned from his first draft after making four trades, including one that solved his Ryan Kesler migraine, to re-energize the organization.
The Province 22 hours ago
Despite Bieksa, Kessel trade buzz, big deals don't materialize at NHL Draft

Despite Bieksa, Kessel trade buzz, big deals don't materialize at NHL Draft

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The 2015 NHL Draft was supposed to be about big splashes with teams moving established stars for high picks.
Fear The Fin Jun 28, 2015

Report: Bieksa visited San Jose to look at houses before trade failed

Jim Benning and company are less than pleased with the Sharks. While Doug Wilson told CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz "I don't know where you guys get this stuff" in regards to rumors of a Kevin Bieksa trade to San Jose, Elliotte Friedman confirmed today that a deal to send the 34-year-old defenseman to the Sharks was far closer than their GM let on. As in, Bieksa traveled to San Jose to look at Bay Area real estate close. According to a couple of different sources, three entities — Bieksa/Overhardt, the Canucks and the Sharks — were working on this for at least a week and probably longer....
The Province Jun 27, 2015
Kuzma: Blueline a mess with Bieksa in limbo

Kuzma: Blueline a mess with Bieksa in limbo

SUNRISE, Fla. — Jim Benning left here with three defencemen, two right wingers and two centres from the NHL draft. He also left with one less goalie and one veteran blueliner in limbo. The Vancouver Canucks general manager will have to sell a hockey-mad market on his forward-looking and financial rationale of moving Eddie Lack to the Carolina Panthers on Saturday for 2015 and 2016 draft picks. And he’ll have to sell Kevin Bieksa on the commitment to broker a suitable trade after the long-serving defenceman agreed to waive his no-trade clause late Thursday and accept a move to San Jose,...

Report(s): Bieksa deal to Sharks has stalled out, for now

Not so fast on that deal between the Sharks and Canucks to bring Kevin Bieksa to San Jose. Just hours after it was reported Kevin Bieksa was willing to waive his no-trade clause to come to San Jose, and the… Continue Reading →
Fear The Fin Jun 26, 2015

Report: 'Doesn't look like' Kevin Bieksa trade will happen after all

Phew. Just hours ago a deal that would send Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa to San Jose, likely for multiple draft picks including a second rounder, seemed imminent and on its way to finalization. Now, trade talks have hit a snag and it appears as though the trade won't happen after all: Both sides seem dug in on Bieksa. Doesn't look like VAN-SJ deal will happen. — Iain MacIntyre (@imacVanSun) June 26, 2015 Negotiations could potentially start back up at some point but, for now, Sharks fans can breathe a cautious sigh of relief. Darren Dreger reported on a Vancouver radio...
Fear The Fin Jun 26, 2015

2015 NHL Draft Open Thread

Come watch the draft with us. A once-in-a-decade draft that features two generational talents in Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel almost feels like a sidenote to all the wheeling and dealing that's already gone down and is expected to continue to go down today in South Florida. Gary Bettman will take to the podium at the BB&T Center at 4PM Pacific time with Dougie Hamilton and Milan Lucic having already been traded to the Calgary Flames and Los Angeles Kings, respectively. Plenty of other deals are likely to happen with the Sharks rumored to be in on Kevin Bieksa and Cam Talbot. Oh yeah, they...
Vancouver Sun Jun 26, 2015
Kevin Bieksa waiving no-trade clause could trigger other Canucks moves

Kevin Bieksa waiving no-trade clause could trigger other Canucks moves

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — By the time the sun rose in B.C. this morning, news had broken at the National Hockey League here that Vancouver Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa had agreed to waive his no-trade clause to facilitate a possible move to the San Jose Sharks.
Fear The Fin Jun 26, 2015

Could adding Eddie Lack or Jacob Markstrom salvage a Kevin Bieksa trade?

It's believed the impending trade between San Jose and Vancouver could involve a goalie. We've made our thoughts on the Sharks potentially acquiring Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa, a trade heavily rumored to be in the works, pretty clear. Trading a positive-value asset, even if it is just a second round pick, for a declining 34-year-old defenseman best suited for third pairing duty and carrying a $4.6 million cap hit next season is a bad idea. Signing him to a contract extension is an even worse one. There's been persistent speculation, however, that this deal could be larger...
Winging It In Motown Jun 26, 2015

Kevin Bieksa Trade Rumors: How Much Would he Cost the Red Wings?

We've been touching on various trade targets in the last week as we get ready for a highly-valued draft and an offseason where teams are going to be looking to unload some guys. Most of the talk has centered around forwards because most of the guys currently being talked about play there. Today, we finally get a defenseman not named Phaneuf to pore over! RT @FarhanLaljiTSN: #Canucks have asked Kevin Bieksa to waive his no-trade clause. Potential list of teams TBD — TSN Radio Vancouver (@TSN1040) June 25, 2015 Kevin Bieksa #3 / Defenseman / Vancouver...
Fear The Fin Jun 26, 2015

Report: Kevin Bieksa has informed Canucks he will waive NTC for trade to Sharks

A deal still isn't in place between San Jose and Vancouver. If trade talks between the Sharks and Canucks for Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa break down, it won't be because of Bieksa himself. The 34-year-old defenseman is reportedly willing to waive his no-trade clause in order to come to San Jose, although there still isn't a deal in place between the two clubs. Good morning. Word today is Kevin Bieksa has informed VAN he would accept a trade to SJ. Now up to the teams to work out a deal. — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 26, 2015 The rumored asking price for Bieksa is...
St. Louis Game Time Jun 26, 2015

Friday Links - Baby Backes

It's Draft Day!! BLUES NEWS: Captain America (aka David Backes) and his wife have welcomed a new baby girl named Stella. awwwwww! [Twitter] Jay Bouwmeester: Stay or go? [SLGT] The Blues schedule is out. [Blues] An analysis of the Blues schedule. [SLGT] A Blues-based look at Wednesday's NHL Awards. [SLGT] HOCKEY NEWS: Awkward NHL Awards interviews. Part one: [Puck Daddy] ... Part two: [Puck Daddy] The Canucks could be trading Kevin Bieksa and a goalie. [Puck Daddy] Jack Eichel is afraid of snakes. [Puck Daddy] The Kiruna Hockey Club is the first sports association in Sweden to receive...

Rumor mill: Sharks are "very interested" in Canucks defenseman Bieksa in deal that would see teams swap first round picks

With bolstering their blueline and finding an experienced goalie two of their greatest offseason needs, the Sharks are reportedly showing interest in acquiring defenseman Kevin Bieksa and a goalie from the Vancouver Canucks. Rumors also include the deal would include the… Continue Reading...
Fear The Fin Jun 25, 2015

Sharks interested in Kevin Bieksa, about three years too late

Once a legitimate top-pairing defenseman, Bieksa has severely declined over the past three seasons. Veteran Canucks defenseman and perennial thorn in the side of the Sharks franchise Kevin Bieksa is on the trading block as Vancouver management may or may not have asked him to waive his no-trade clause earlier today. If he's willing to leave British Columbia, it appears as though the Sharks are keenly interested in adding the 34-year-old to their blueline: Don't know how far along it is...but Sharks appear to be very interested in Bieksa. — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 26,...
The Province Jun 25, 2015
Gallagher: If Lack, Bieksa go for draft picks, they’d better be good ones

Gallagher: If Lack, Bieksa go for draft picks, they’d better be good ones

There is a certain irony in all these rumours about Eddie Lack and Kevin Bieksa being moved when it comes to the fellow doing the moving. Perhaps the most popular player ever to be traded out of Vancouver was Trevor Linden, when Mike Keenan was brought in through Mark Messier’s influence and proceeded to turf the fellow who had been the captain that took them to the 1994 Cup final.

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