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34 Byron Bitz RW
Height/Weight: 6-5/215 | Birthdate: 7/21/1984 | Birthplace: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada | Team: | College: Cornell | NHL Experience: 2 | Salary:   | Owned/Started%: 0/0

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4/25/2012

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Byron Bitz

Canucks Re-Assign Bitz To AHL

News: Byron Bitz was re-assigned to Chicago of the AHL on Tuesday, the Canucks' official site reports.
Analysis: The Canucks season is over, so the team is sending Byron Bitz back to the minors to pay for the Wolves in the AHL playoffs. Bitz totaled four points in 10 games with the Canucks this season.

4/12/2012

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Byron Bitz

Canucks' Bitz Gets Two Game Suspension

News: Byron Bitz has been suspended for two games for a hit that injured Kyle Clifford of the Kings, LA Kings Insider reports.
Analysis: Byron Bitz only played 10 games for the Canucks in 2011 and was largely depth up front, so his absence shouldn't hurt the Canucks too much in their opening round series against Los Angeles.

4/5/2012

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Byron Bitz

Canucks Recall Bitz

News: The Canucks have recalled Byron Bitz from AHL Chicago, the Vancouver Province reports.
Analysis: Byron Bitz, who has scored four pints in eight NHL games this season, will give the Canucks some depth up front, with Zack Kassian dealing with an injury.

2/28/2012

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Byron Bitz

Canucks Send Bitz To AHL

News: Byron Bitz was reassigned to Chicago of the AHL on Monday, the Vancouver Sun reports.
Analysis: After acquiring Zack Kassian and Sami Pahlsson via trade before Monday's deadline, the Canucks didn't have any room left for Byron Bitz. He'll be one of the team's top choices for a promotion if depth up front is needed later this season.

2/26/2012

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Byron Bitz

Healthy Scratch For Canucks' Bitz

News: Byron Bitz was a healthy scratch for Sunday's loss to the Stars, the Vancouver Province reports.
Analysis: Byron Bitz had been dealing with a minor hip injury last week, but he returned to action Friday against the Devils. He played just seven minutes Saturday before taking a back seat to Dale Weise on Sunday afternoon. Look for Bitz to continue being a fringe option for the Canucks.

2/23/2012

Byron Bitz, RW, VAN Canucks' Bitz Doubtful Thursday

Byron Bitz

Canucks' Bitz Doubtful Thursday

News: Byron Bitz (hip) is doubtful for Thursday's game against the Red Wings, Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province reports.
Analysis: Byron Bitz was able to practice Wednesday, but he doesn't appear ready for game action yet. He insisted this latest ailment isn't related the the abdomen problems he has had in the past. After initial concern, this doesn't appear to be a long-term worry. Consider him day-to-day.

2/22/2012

Byron Bitz, RW, VAN Canucks Worried About Bitz's Hip Injury

Byron Bitz

Canucks Worried About Bitz's Hip Injury

News: Byron Bitz missed Tuesday's game against the Predators with soreness in his hip and groin area, the Vancouver Sun reports.
Analysis: Byron Bitz has a history of injury problems, including four abdominal surgeries and a major operation on his hip to repair a torn labrum. The Canucks still aren't certain if Bitz's latest problem will be of the short-term or long-term variety. Look for additional details to surface over the next couple days.

2/20/2012

Byron Bitz, RW, VAN Canucks' Bitz Dealing With Hip Injury

Byron Bitz

Canucks' Bitz Dealing With Hip Injury

News: Byron Bitz (hip) sat out Sunday's win over the Oilers, the Vancouver Sun reports.
Analysis: The 27-year-old forward was a late scratch after experiencing hip soreness. He was replaced in the lineup by Dale Weise, who was returning from a five-game absence due to a foot injury. Byron Bitz had a three-game stretch earlier this month where he held value while skating with the top six, but he was bumped back down to a depth role even before this injury. He's safe to cut loose.

2/14/2012

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Byron Bitz

Canucks' Bitz Out Of Top Six

News: Byron Bitz saw under 12 minutes of ice time in Monday's 2-1 win over the Coyotes.
Analysis: Byron Bitz saw a brief two-game boost in value after being plugged into the Canucks' top six, but he's back to skating with the fourth line. With Chris Higgins (illness) nearing a return, Bitz's stint in skating with the Canucks' top playmakers appears to be over, which means his short-lived fantasy value takes a huge hit.

2/10/2012

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Byron Bitz

Bitz Producing On Canucks' Top Line

News: Byron Bitz notched an assist while skating on the Canucks' top line in Thursday's win over the Wild.
Analysis: Byron Bitz has skated with the Canucks' top six in the past two games, totaling three points (1 G, 2 A) over that stretch. The 27-year-old winger isn't known for his scoring prowess, but he's worth a speculative add in deep leagues while skating with elite players like Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

2/8/2012

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Byron Bitz

Canucks' Bitz Notches Two Points

News: Byron Bitz notched a goal and an assist in Tuesday's shootout win over the Predators.
Analysis: Byron Bitz saw under 13 minutes of ice time, but most of that action was spent as part of the Canucks' top six. He'll be hard pressed to earn much more ice time and his value could dissipate into thin air once Chris Higgins (illness) returns, but as long as he's skating along side the Canucks' top performers, Bitz will be worth a speculative grab in deeper formats.

2/3/2012

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Byron Bitz

Vancouver Recalls Bitz Friday

News: Vancouver recalled Byron Bitz on Friday, Canucks.NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Byron Bitz's last NHL showing was in 2009, when he totaled 11 points (five goals) in 52 games. There's not much reason to expect a fantasy impact here.

1/4/2012

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Byron Bitz

Canucks Place Bitz On Waivers

News: Byron Bitz, who has been out all season with a hip injury, was placed on waivers Tuesday, the Canucks' official site reports.
Analysis: Byron Bitz is fully recovered from the hip/groin surgery he underwent in September. He's expected to clear waivers and join the Canucks' AHL affiliate in Chicago. The 27-year-old winger could be a fourth-line option for the Canucks after he shakes off the rust in the minors.

12/3/2011

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Byron Bitz

Canucks' Bitz Resumes Skating

News: Byron Bitz (hip) skated Saturday for the first time since undergoing surgery, Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province reports.
Analysis: It will take Byron Bitz some time to get into game shape, but he could return to action within the next couple weeks if he can avoid any setbacks.

9/29/2011

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Byron Bitz

Canucks' Bitz Undergoes Surgery

News: Byron Bitz had another hip surgery recently and is out indefinitely, Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province reports.
Analysis: He was hoping to secure a fourth-line gig, but the latest operation (his fourth) will sideline him indefinitely.

7/25/2011

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Byron Bitz

Canucks Ink Bitz to Two-Way Deal

News: Bitz (sports hernia) has signed a two-way deal with the Canucks, reports James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail.
Analysis: Bitz finished last season on the shelf after suffering setbacks while recovering from sports hernia surgery. He's battled a number of injuries during his career, but has it in him to see NHL ice time if he can stay healthy.

3/2/2011

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Byron Bitz

Panthers' Bitz Likely Done For Season

News: Bitz is unlikely to play the remainder of this season after suffering complications from his sports hernia, the Miami Herald reports.
Analysis: Bitz will have missed the entire 2010-11 season with the injury. He has only played in seven games with the Panthers since being acquired March 3, 2010.

2/12/2011

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Byron Bitz

Florida's Bitz Suffers Setbacks

News: Bitz (sports hernia) has suffered several setbacks and is not near returning, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Analysis: Consider Bitz out indefinitely, though it's sounding like time might be running out on his season.

11/13/2010

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Byron Bitz

Panthers' Bitz Still a Few Weeks Away

News: Bitz is a few weeks away from returning after undergoing sports hernia surgery Oct. 20, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
Analysis: Bitz has yet to get into a game this season, but as a fourth line winger, his fantasy value is limited even when healthy.

10/20/2010

Byron Bitz, RW, VAN Panthers' Bitz Out Six Weeks

Byron Bitz

Panthers' Bitz Out Six Weeks

News: Bitz underwent sports hernia surgery Tuesday, Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel reports.
Analysis: Bitz is expected to miss six weeks after Tuesday's procedure. He has yet to take to the ice for the Panthers this season after suffering a groin injury towards the end of September.

10/7/2010

Byron Bitz, RW, VAN Panthers Place Bitz on Injured List

Byron Bitz

Panthers Place Bitz on Injured List

News: The Panthers placed Bitz (groin) on the injured list, the Miami Herald reports.
Analysis: Bitz's groin strain isn't thought to be too serious. "It's early in the year," assistant GM Mike Santos said of the injury. "We don't want to make anything worse than it is."

9/30/2010

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Byron Bitz

Florida's Bitz Misses Practice

News: Bitz (lower body) did not skate Thursday, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
Analysis: Despite missing practice, Bitz's injury isn't concerned serious and he shouldn't miss any considerable time.

4/6/2010

Byron Bitz, RW, VAN Bitz might miss rest of season

Byron Bitz

Bitz might miss rest of season

News: Panthers RW Byron Bitz (elbow) did not return to the lineup on Thursday against the Devils. He has missed the last five games.
Analysis: Bitz has been sidelined longer than the Panthers initially expected and he could miss the remainder of the season. Luckily, Bitz isn't that big of an offensive player, so if he doesn't return, it will not be felt much in Fantasy circles.

4/3/2010

Byron Bitz, RW, VAN Bitz misses fourth straight game

Byron Bitz

Bitz misses fourth straight game

News: Panthers RW Byron Bitz missed his fourth straight game with an elbow injury Saturday as Florida fell to the Rangers.
Analysis: Bitz was obtained in a trade with the Bruins in early March, but hasn't made an impact with his new team yet. Continue to ignore the physical winger in all Fantasy formats.

4/1/2010

Byron Bitz, RW, VAN Bitz doesn't face former team

Byron Bitz

Bitz doesn't face former team

News: Panthers RW Byron Bitz (elbow) was not active on Thursday against the Bruins. He has missed the last three games.
Analysis: Bitz has missed as many games due to injury as he has played for the Panthers since arriving at the trade deadline from Boston. He would have loved to face his former team, but it wasn't in the cards. Bitz is one of those players that is far more important to his real team than Fantasy owners when healthy.