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06-17-2011, 09:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Carey Price View Post
You also have to consider that Bieksa looked overpaid at 3.75 last season. he was playing like a #5-6 d-man.

He brings a physical edge and is not bad defensively, but he isn't the shutdown guy that some on here see. I think the Rivet comparison is not far off though Bieksa skates better, both can look really bad on a bad night.
Bieksa has always been a playoff performer though. The years he didn't he was plagued with on and off injuries and was having a tough time. When he first came into the league he was the bomb when it came to the playoffs. I've always noted him as a player of interest for that reason. He'll sometimes take a month or two off during the regular season definitely in terms of playing hard, but he more than makes up for it in the playoffs.

This is why when I heard all these Van fans wanted him gone earlier this season, I thought we should go after him ASAP. I knew their GM wouldn't be such a fool though. If anyone knows what a playoff performer Kevin Bieksa is, it's Gillis. I think the only year he didn't perform was 06-07 and judging by the games played in the regular season (usually he doesn't play the full season) I'd say he was likely playing injured/worn out.

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