Bieksa (knee) is set to enter training camp healthy.
It was reported that Bieksa played the final three games of the playoffs with a torn MCL. The 36-year-old blueliner played 81 games last regular season, scoring three goals and adding 11 assists. He's only eclipsed 20 points once in the past five seasons, and for the first time in his career, the seasoned vet averaged under 20 minutes of ice time per game.
Per Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times, Bieksa sustained the serious knee injury on a freak collision with Shea Theodore during Game 1 of the second-round series against Edmonton. Either way, it's pretty crazy to see that Bieksa played with limited mobility in his knee after sitting out for only nine contests. It remains to be seen at this point if the 35-year-old will require surgery to repair the injury or if he will be ready to play once the Ducks open training camp in the fall.
Bieksa took line rushes with Sami Vatanen prior to Thursday's Game 4 against the Predators, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
The fact that Shea Theodore, who has played every playoff game on the Anaheim blue line thus far, was not on the ice for warmups, per Helene Elliott of the LA Times, seems to indicate that Bieksa will suit up for the first time since being knocked out of Game 1 against Edmonton with a lower-body injury. Though Bieksa skating with Vatanen would seem to indicate an expanded role, coach Randy Carlyle is known to shake things up after line rushes, so take it with a grain of salt.
Bieksa (lower-body) will be available for Game 2 against the Predators on Sunday.
Now, that doesn't mean he will play necessarily. Coach Randy Carlyle merely said that Bieksa "will be an option going forward." That means that, even though he's healthy enough to play, he may not actually be in the lineup.
Bieksa (lower body) did not take the ice in pregame warmups for Game 1 of Western Conference Finals against the Predators, Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Bieksa was forced to miss Wednesday's Game 7 against the Oilers, and will be sidelined again as he continues to recover from a lower body injury. His status for Sunday's Game 2 is uncertain at this time.