Report: Canucks looking to trade Kevin Bieksa

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It appears that Kevin Bieksa’s days as a Vancouver Canuck may be numbered.

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Rumours started to fly mid-afternoon Thursday that Kevin Bieksa may be on the move. It all began with this tweet from TSN’s Farhan Lalji:

Lalji quickly amended the original tweet:

Either way, it looks like the Canucks want to move Bieksa and are looking for the right fit.

This will come as no surprise to anyone who follows the Canucks on a regular basis. Bieksa has been a stalwart on the Canucks’ defence for a decade, but his game has deteriorated. He was relegated to the third pairing in the 2014-15 campaign and, at times, appeared a step behind in the Canucks first round playoff loss to the Calgary Flames.

The Canucks are in need of offloading some salary and Bieksa is the logical choice with Frank Corrado and Adam Clendening, both right-hand shot defencemen like Bieksa, waiting in the wings.

Bieksa carries a $4.6 million salary cap hit, but is only due $2.5M in the final year of his contract. Bieksa becomes an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season.

While moving Bieksa may not surprise anyone, his possible destination may.

Apparently the San Jose Sharks are making a strong push to land the veteran defenceman. Jim Benning has stated repeatedly that he is looking to add draft picks in the 2nd and 3rd rounds in a very deep draft that begins today. The Sharks hold the 39th pick overall, a high 2nd round pick that Benning covets.

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