Canucks' Bieksa Still Ailing?: Kevin Bieksa wouldn't reveal details about the injury that kept him on the shelf for five games late in the regular season, but he did hint at the possibility that offseason surgery might be explored, the Vancouver Sun reports. "We'll find out when the time comes if surgery is needed or anything like that." (Updated 5/10/13)
Lower Body - (Updated - 5/10/13)
Kevin Bieksa's injury was labeled a lower body ailment, but many believed it was specifically a groin issue. He was able to return for the final couple games of the regular season and played in all four playoff games, so the injury didn't appear to be too much of a long-term concern. Regardless, keep a close eye on Bieksa this offseason to see if he goes under the knife. (Updated 5/10/13).
05/08/2013 01:55 Marleau's OT goal completes Sharks' sweep of Canucks
Patrick Marleau scored a power-play goal 13:18 into overtime and the San Jose Sharks completed their first playoff sweep in franchise history, beating the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 Tuesday night.
After posting back-to-back 22-point seasons, Kevin Bieksa rediscovered his scoring touch with 44 points (8 G, 36 A) in 78 games for the Canucks last year He ranked tied for 12th in the league in points among defenseman while posting a plus-12 rating and racking up 94 penalty minutes. One of the main reasons for his bounce-back campaign was his ability to stay relatively healthy a common theme in all three of his 40-point campaigns. Bieksa dealt with a minor undisclosed injury near the end of the regular season and in the playoffs last year, but all signs point to him being 100 percent for training camp. Hes locked into the Canucks top four, so as long as he can stay healthy, Bieksa will once again have the opportunity to be a top-15 scoring option on the backend. (Updated 8/14/12)