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Kevin Bieksa D
Height/Weight: 6-1/198 | Birthdate: 6/16/1981 | Birthplace: Grimsby, Ontario, Canada | Team: Anaheim Ducks | College: Bowling Green State | NHL Experience: 9 | Salary: $4,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 20/9 | Average Draft Position: 172.33
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7/1/2015

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Kevin Bieksa

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.

6/30/2015

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Kevin Bieksa

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

4/19/2015

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Kevin Bieksa

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.

4/19/2015

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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.

4/18/2015

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Kevin Bieksa

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.

4/17/2015

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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.

4/16/2015

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Kevin Bieksa

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.

3/14/2015

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Kevin Bieksa

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.

3/11/2015

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Kevin Bieksa

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.

3/10/2015

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Kevin Bieksa

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.

3/4/2015

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Kevin Bieksa

Canucks' Bieksa Remains Sidelined

News: Coach Willie Desjardins indicated Tuesday that Kevin Bieksa (hand) is at least a week away from a return to action, Jon Abbott of tsnradiovancouver.ca reports.
Analysis: Such a timetable effective rules Kevin Bieksa out for at least the Canucks' next four games and a return to action March 12 against the Kings is hardly a lock for the blueliner, who last suited up Jan. 20.

1/28/2015

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Kevin Bieksa

Canucks' Bieksa Placed On IR

News: Kevin Bieksa (hand) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.
Analysis: With a number of Canucks players banged up following Tuesday's loss to the Ducks, Kevin Bieksa's move to IR will free up a roster spot for a likely AHL call-up. Bieksa underwent surgery on his left hand earlier this week and is expected to be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks.

1/26/2015

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Canucks' Bieksa Out 6-8 Weeks

News: Kevin Bieksa (hand) is expected to miss 6-8 weeks following left hand surgery, Sportsnet's Dan Murphy reports.
Analysis: Per The Province, Kevin Bieksa -- who absorbed a Victor Hedman shot this past Tuesday -- required surgery to repair several fractures in his broken left hand and will thus miss a significant chunk of time.

1/22/2015

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Canucks' Bieksa Leaves Tuesday With Wrist Injury

News: Kevin Bieksa left Tuesday's game against the Lightning with a wrist injury and didn't return.
Analysis: Coach Willie Desjardins declined to provide an update on the defenseman's condition after the game. With the Canucks off until next Tuesday due to the All-Star break, Kevin Bieksa will have a fair amount of time to recover from the injury, but he should be viewed as day-to-day until the Canucks provide further word on his condition. He took a minus-2 rating over his 16:18 of ice time before departing.

1/21/2015

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Kevin Bieksa

Canucks' Bieksa (Hand) Will Require Surgery

News: Kevin Bieksa will require surgery on his left hand, Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province reports.
Analysis: Kevin Bieksa blocked a shot with the hand in Tuesday's matchup with the Lightning, and it now appears that move will cost him some time, though no official timetable has been released. Look for the Canucks to turn to either Frank Corrado or Luca Sbisa to take his spot on the second defensive pairing, unless Canucks coach Willie Desjardins prefers to maintain his current pairings and instead look to Ryan Stanton or Yannick Weber.

1/17/2015

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Kevin Bieksa

Canucks' Bieksa Has Rare Multi-Point Outing

News: Kevin Bieksa had his first multi-point outing of the season Friday, contributing two assists in a win over the Hurricanes.
Analysis: The 33-year-old has gone quiet offensively this season, managing just nine points (three goals) in 43 games. While he's contributed with 72 hits, 72 blocked shots, and 63 PIM, we can't help but want more from the former 40-point staple. Averaging 21:24 of ice time, it's possible Kevin Bieksa could reach 20 points, but don't get your hopes up. He's more valuable to the Canucks than he is to fantasy owners searching for defenseman points.

1/7/2015

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Canucks' Bieksa Hands Out Assist

News: Kevin Bieksa handed out an assist in Tuesday's win over the Islanders.
Analysis: The three-time 40-point scorer has embraced more of a stay-at-home role this season for the Canucks, as he's provided just three goals and four assists across 38 games. He brings most of his value these days in specialty formats, as he'll offer stable production in the hits, blocks and PIM categories.

12/7/2014

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Kevin Bieksa

Canucks' Bieksa Contributes At Both Ends Of Ice

News: Kevin Bieksa scored his second goal of the season, dished out two hits, blocked two shots, and was tagged for four PIM in Sunday's loss to Ottawa.
Analysis: A great fantasy outing for Kevin Bieksa, who has struggled offensively this season. Bieksa has just four points in 28 games, putting him on pace for only 10 points, which would be his lowest point total in nine years. While he may contribute in defensive categories, Bieksa's offensive struggles make him only worth a look in deep leagues.

11/14/2014

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Kevin Bieksa

Canucks' Bieksa Says He'll Play Friday

News: Kevin Bieksa (illness) said after morning skate that he was "ready to go" for Friday's game against the Coyotes.
Analysis: The Canucks called up Bobby Sanguinetti on Thursday as insurance on defense in the event Kevin Bieksa couldn't play Friday, but it appears the illness that kept the blueliner out of practice a day earlier wasn't anything serious. He was a full participant in the morning session on his usual pairing with Ryan Stanton, suggesting he'll be on tap for close to his usual average of 21 minutes of ice time.

11/14/2014

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Kevin Bieksa

Canucks' Bieksa (Illness) May Play Friday

News: Kevin Bieksa (illness) took part in Friday's morning skate and coach Willie Desjardins hopes he will be available against the Coyotes.
Analysis: Kevin Bieksa missed Thursday's practice with an undisclosed illness, but his presence at Friday's morning skate is encouraging regarding his status against the Coyotes on Friday night. More light should be shed on the situation in warmups if not before then.

11/13/2014

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Kevin Bieksa

Canucks' Bieksa Misses Practice

News: Kevin Bieksa missed Thursday's practice with coach Willie Desjardins saying the defenseman "wasn't feeling well" but is expected to play Friday against the Coyotes.
Analysis: Desjardins' words would seem to suggest Kevin Bieksa is dealing with an illness, but not one that is significant enough to result in him missing any action. His availability against the Coyotes should be confirmed after taking part in Friday's morning skate session.

11/5/2014

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Kevin Bieksa

Canucks' Bieksa Returns To Action In Win

News: Kevin Bieksa was able to play on Tuesday, picking up a plus-2 rating while logging eight penalty minutes in 20:09 worth of ice time.
Analysis: Kevin Bieksa was listed as day-to-day after taking a puck to the eye on Sunday, but was able to return to action on Tuesday. He spent a lot of time in the penalty box, taking a double minor as well as two other minors, though none of those led to Avalanche goals.

11/4/2014

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Kevin Bieksa

Canucks' Bieksa Expected To Play Tuesday

News: Kevin Bieksa (eye) is expected to play in Tuesday's game against the Avalanche.
Analysis: Kevin Bieksa was struck by a puck in Sunday's game, but it appears he was able to escape without a serious injury. Bieksa has just one point through 12 games, but he has recorded 10 PIM.

11/3/2014

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Kevin Bieksa

Canucks' Bieksa Day-To-Day

News: Kevin Bieksa (eye) is day-to-day.
Analysis: Kevin Bieksa took a puck to the eye Sunday against the Predators, but is travelling with the team on their road trip, and could be in the lineup Tuesday against the Avalanche.

11/3/2014

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Canucks' Bieksa Leaves Early Sunday

News: Kevin Bieksa was removed from Sunday's game against the Predators after taking a puck to the eye, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: Kevin Bieksa prefers to play without a visor during games, and it proved detrimental Sunday. The Canucks haven't issued any word regarding the severity of the ailment just yet, so consider the blueliner questionable for Tuesday's tilt with the Avalanche.