By now, you’ve all heard of the Kevin Bieksa trade rumor that has the Canucks defenseman going to the Washington Capitals for forward Tomas Fleischmann. Here are a couple of quick thoughts. At first glance, Fleischmann doesn’t seem to fit the Canucks’ remaining roster needs. Ideally the Canucks would still make improvements to their penalty-kill and defensive depth; unfortunately, he doesn’t solve either of those issues. While fast and skilled, Fleischmann has a reputation for being a perimeter player and ineffective forechecker. His $2.6 million salary also provides little cap relief to the Canucks, a key factor because clearing cap...Click here to read more.
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Lost in all the hype of signing free agents Joel Perrault, Manny Malhotra, Jeff Tambellini, and Dan Hamhuis is the recent rumour which has Vancouver Canucks fans nearly wetting themselves. With the Canucks blueline looking deeper than the grave Darryl Sutter has dug for the Calgary Flames, many fans would love nothing more than to see much-maligned defenceman Kevin Bieksa traded for whatever they can get. But the return Canucks fans didn’t expect to hear in the rumour mill was an elite-level prospect. Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch hinted on July 1st that the Columbus Blue Jackets are targeting...Click here to read more.