• Ducks, Bieksa Agree To Extension

    News: Kevin Bieksa signed a two-year, $8 million contract extension with the Ducks on Wednesday, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports.
    Analysis: Kevin Bieksa, who was acquired Tuesday from the Canucks for a 2016 second-round draft pick, was already under contract for 2015-16 at a cap hit of $4.6, so the extension will keep him in Anaheim until the summer of 2018. The 34-year-old Bieksa is expected to serve as a direct replacement for top-four defenseman Francois Beauchemin, who isn't expected to be retained in unrestricted free agency.
  • Ducks Acquire Bieksa For Draft Pick

    News: Kevin Bieksa was traded to the Ducks on Tuesday in exchange for a 2016 second-round draft choice.
    Analysis: The Ducks weren't expected to reach terms on a new deal with Francois Beauchemin before free agency opened Wednesday, so they opted to plug the hole in their defensive ranks by acquiring Kevin Bieksa. Though Bieksa provided just four goals and 14 points in 60 games last season, he's a proven shot-blocking maven who isn't afraid to get his nose dirty on the back end. He'll provide a good counterbalance to the more offensively inclined Sami Vatanen and Hampus Lindholm
  • Canucks' Bieksa Takes Ice For Warmups

    News: Kevin Bieksa (undisclosed) is on the ice for pregame warmups, and he is expected to play in Sunday's Game 3 against the Flames, TSN's Farhan Lalji reports.
    Analysis: The same goes for fellow defenseman Alexander Edler, who was also a game-time decision because of an undisclosed injury. Barring a setback during warmups, both Edler and Kevin Bieksa will play.
  • Canucks' Bieksa Misses Sunday Skate

    News: Kevin Bieksa (undisclosed) did not participate in Sunday's pre-game skate, Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province reports.
    Analysis: Fellow defender Alexander Edler was also absent from the skate, but there appears to be a solid chance that they were held out for maintenances purposes, a notion that would be confirmed by the duo's presence in pre-game warmups in advance of Sunday's Game 3 against the Flames.
  • Canucks' Bieksa A Game-Time Call

    News: Kevin Bieksa is listed as a game-time call for Friday's Game 2 because of an illness, Irfaan Gaffar of Sportsnet reports.
    Analysis: Kevin Bieksa was held out of Thursday's practice due to the illness, but it doesn't look to be anything serious, as he has a chance to be active for Game 2. His status should be updated at some point before the opening face-off Friday.
  • Canucks' Bieksa Will Play Friday

    News: Kevin Bieksa will play on Friday in Game 2 of the Canucks' playoff series against the Flames, Irfaan Gaffar of Sportsnet reports.
    Analysis: Kevin Bieksa missed Game 1 of the series due to an illness. However, it appears as though the ailment wasn't too serious, as he'll return to the Canucks' lineup on Friday against Calgary. Bieksa has tallied four goals and 10 assists in 60 games with the Canucks this season.
  • Canucks' Bieksa Banged Up After Game 1

    News: Kevin Bieksa was absent from Thursday's practice due to an undisclosed injury, Farhan Lalji of TSN reports.
    Analysis: Kevin Bieksa saw a rather normal amount of ice time (19:18) in Wednesday's Game 1 loss to the Flames, but it appears as though he might have gotten banged up at some point in the match. Coach Willie Desjardins doesn't believe that Bieksa will be forced to sit out Game 2 on Friday, so expect his availability to be confirmed once he returns to the ice the morning of the game for a skate session.
  • Canucks Activate Bieksa

    News: Kevin Bieksa (hand) was activated from injured reserve and will be in line to play Saturday against the Maple Leafs, Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun reports.
    Analysis: A broken hand has cost Kevin Bieksa the last 22 games, forcing the Canucks to shuffle around their top two defensive pairings in his absence. While he's only been a moderate source of offense this season with nine points in 45 games this season, Bieksa is a proficient hitter and shot blocker, attributes that the team should benefit greatly from with Eddie Lack filling in for the injured Ryan Miller in goal. Bieksa will likely be paired up with Luca Sbisa in his return.
  • Canucks' Bieksa Practices With Team

    News: Kevin Bieksa (hand) was able to get in a full practice with the team Wednesday, Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun reports.
    Analysis: Kevin Bieksa seems to be inching ever closer to an activation from injured reserve, but he may need a few more practices before the team feels comfortable inserting him into games. He's been out since Jan. 20 with the hand injury.
  • Canucks' Bieksa Resume Skating

    News: Kevin Bieksa (hand) skated Monday before the scheduled team skate, Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun reports.
    Analysis: Kevin Bieksa, who has been sidelined since Jan. 20 after undergoing surgery on his left hand, appears to be nearing a return to game action. He'll likely need to return for at least a full practice before he's reinserted into the lineup, but he hasn't been ruled out of Thursday's contest against the Kings.