Top Kevin Bieksa News

  • Kevin Bieksa: Free agent wants to stay close to home

    Bieksa (finger) continues to train with hopes of signing a contract with a team close to his home in California, Dan Murhpy of Sportsnet reports.

    Bieksa spent the last three years of his career in Anaheim, but one would think that he'd at least be in Ducks camp on a PTO by now if he was staying put. Given his short list of preferred teams, and how he's stated that his family will remain in California regardless of where he ends up, it's also conceivable that the 37-year-old will ultimately decide to hang up his skates for good.

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  • Ducks' Kevin Bieksa: Ruptured tendon limited availability at season's end

    Bieksa indicated Saturday that he ruptured a tendon in his finger during a fight with Radko Gudas, which resulted in him missing time at the end of the season, Eric Stephens of The Orange County Register reports.

    Bieksa played just one game from March 14 on, missing 15 of the Ducks' final 16 contests. His availability for 2018-19 is unlikely to be impacted by the issue, but the 36-year-old blueliner is set to hit the open market. It remains to be seen how much longer he intends to play, but Bieksa has dropped off the fantasy radar in recent seasons, never topping 15 points in any of the last four.

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  • Ducks' Kevin Bieksa: Ready to rock for Game 2

    Bieksa (hand) will return to the lineup for Game 2 against the Sharks on Saturday, Eric Stephens of The Orange County Register reports.

    Although Bieksa didn't return for Game 1, Korbinian Holzer's placement on waivers ahead of the contest suggested Bieksa was close. No longer listed on IR, it appears Bieksa will slot back into a Ducks lineup that failed to beat Martin Jones once during the series opener. Bieksa likely won't change that given his eight points -- all assists -- over 59 games during the regular season, but a shakeup may pay dividends.

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  • Ducks' Kevin Bieksa: Unavailable for Game 1

    Bieksa (hand) isn't in the lineup for Thursday's Game 1 against San Jose.

    Bieksa was a full participant in Monday's practice and is clearly nearing a return to the lineup, but he'll have to wait for Saturday's Game 2 for his next opportunity to do so. Andy Welinski will continue to skate in a bottom-pairing role until Bieksa is given the green light to return.

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  • Ducks' Kevin Bieksa: Possibility for Game 1

    Bieksa (hand) was a full participant in Monday's practice and could suit up for Thursday's Game 1 against San Jose, Lisa Dillman of reports.

    Originally given a 2-5 week timeline for a return during mid-March, Thursday would put Bieksa right around four weeks into his recovery. The Ducks will likely provide further information on Bieksa's status as the week progresses, though after posting just eight points and a minus-13 rating in 59 games this season, he shouldn't be given serious consideration for fantasy lineups.

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  • Ducks' Kevin Bieksa: Set for surgery

    Bieksa will have surgery on his left hand to remove scar tissue and is expected to miss 2-5 weeks.

    With such a wide range of when Bieksa could return to action, it's too early to tell if he will play in any more regular-season contests or if he will need the Ducks to make an extended playoff run in order to suit up again this year. Marcus Pettersson should get the first crack at replacing Bieksa in the lineup, while the team promoted Korbinian Holzer to provide additional blue line depth.

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  • Ducks' Kevin Bieksa: Marks scoresheet against Hawks

    Bieksa recorded an assist during Sunday's 6-3 win over Chicago.

    The helper was just the seventh of the season for Bieksa, and it's also worth noting that he's been a healthy scratch in four of the past eight games. His recent inconsistent playing time and lack of offense have him off the fantasy radar in most settings. However, he continues to provide solid numbers in the PIM (81), hit (108) and blocked shot (71) columns.

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  • Ducks' Kevin Bieksa: Still pointless in 2018

    Bieksa has failed to register a point in 15 consecutive games after missing the scoresheet during Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win against Buffalo.

    The veteran's lack of offense has significantly limited his fantasy appeal in recent seasons, and he's also posted a minus-7 rating during his active 15-game point drought. While Bieksa continues to offer some peripheral coverage with 74 PIM, 91 hits and 65 blocked shots through 49 games, those numbers still aren't serviceable in many settings.

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  • Ducks' Kevin Bieksa: Fires seven shots in loss

    Bieksa recorded seven shots through 20:32 of ice time during Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Rangers.

    After recording just seven shots through his first nine December games, Tuesday's showing was definitely an out-of-nowhere uptick in shot volume from the veteran. As it stands, Bieksa is a low-end fantasy asset with just four assists, 30 shots and a minus-9 rating through 29 games. He can probably still help in cavernous settings including PIM (55) and hits (50), though.

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  • Ducks' Kevin Bieksa: Point drought reaches 10 games

    Bieksa failed to register a point for the 10th consecutive game in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to Vegas.

    The veteran defenseman last marked the scoresheet Oct. 20, as the dry spell sandwiches a four-game absence due to a hand injury. Additionally, Bieksa has been seeing fewer minutes of late with the Anaheim blue line at full health. As a result, there aren't many fantasy settings where he provides value.

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  • Ducks' Kevin Bieksa: Gearing up to play

    Bieksa (hand) took to the ice for pregame warmups Friday, Eric Stephens of The Orange County Register reports. This strongly suggests that he'll play in the night game against the Predators.

    It appears as though Bieksa's ready to return from a four-game injury layoff. He's a solid source of PIM -- we're talking 29 minutes in the sin bin through seven games -- but Bieksa's two helpers represent his only points this season. Still, he may be a sneaky daily fantasy play if only because not many folks will realize that he's on the verge of returning to action.

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  • Ducks' Kevin Bieksa: Will not play Wednesday

    Bieksa (hand) won't be available for Wednesday's home game against the Maple Leafs.

    The savvy rearguard remains on injured reserve with Friday's tilt against Nashville being his next shot at a return.

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  • Ducks' Kevin Bieksa: Still day-to-day

    Bieksa (hand) remains day-to-day ahead of Wednesday's home contest against the Maple Leafs.

    While the physical defenseman is being labeled day-to-day after skating Wednesday, he technically remains on injured reserve, and Bieksa of course would need be need activated in order to play against the Leafs. If you're depending on him in fantasy pools, check back to see whether the Ducks reassign a blueliner to AHL San Diego as a clear hint that Bieksa's on the verge of returning to action.

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  • Ducks' Kevin Bieksa: Will get checked out further Monday

    Bieksa (hand) will be reevaluated Monday.

    The Ducks are now saying that Bieksa did in fact injure his hand during a fight with Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas on Tuesday, but apparently it was the result of him bracing for a fall rather than an ailment caused by actually punching Gudas. At any rate, the 36-year-old is on injured reserve and likely out until the beginning of November.

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  • Ducks' Kevin Bieksa: Hits IR

    Bieksa (left hand) is now listed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.

    Bieksa's prognosis will hurt fantasy owners in deeper leagues, as he's out indefinitely with his left hand injury. The IR transaction is retroactive to his last game played Tuesday, meaning he won't be eligible to return until Nov. 1 at the earliest.

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  • Ducks' Kevin Bieksa: Out indefinitely with hand injury

    Bieksa is dealing with a hand injury that will prevent him from playing in Thursday night's road game against the Panthers. He currently has no timeline for his return.

    The Ducks were quick to point out that the injury is to Bieksa's left hand and not the hand he used to spar with defenseman Radko Gudas during Tuesday's road match with the Flyers. Still, that's hardly a consolation for fantasy owners depending on the Canadian rearguard for his consistent two-way production. He's collected three assists, 29 PIM, 13 hits and nine blocked shots over seven games this season.

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  • Ducks' Kevin Bieksa: Eventful night in win over Flyers

    Bieksa collected an assist and nine PIM over 18:20 of ice time during Tuesday's 6-3 win over Philadelphia.

    The veteran blue liner is off to a respectable start to 2017-18 with three helpers, nine shots, 29 PIM, 13 hits and nine blocked shots through seven games. At this stage of his career, Bieksa isn't going to pile up offensive numbers, but he can still contribute in the peripheral categories enough to help in cavernous settings. Just note that the 36-year-old defenseman's fantasy upside is capped.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 197 lbs
Birthplace: Grimsby, ON
Age: 41
Shoots: Right