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07-15-2012, 04:56 PM
Join Date: Aug 2009
Originally Posted by
Henrik To Daniel
I want Bieksa off the Canucks as soon as possible. He is a terrible, terrible defenseman. He is extremely overrated and I will tell you why:
People think he's supposed to be a top 2/3 defenseman who is gritty, sticks up for his teammates, has a mean streak and can put up points while playing solid defense.
He is not gritty. Can't remember the last time he made a big hit.
He doesn't stick up for his teammates. When was the last time he dropped the gloves? He's not even good at it anyways. He's fought to a stalemate with fellow poor fighter M. Richards and I recall him getting his ass handed to him by Ben Eager in that Chicago linebrawl a few years back.
Mean streak is non-existent for the reasons mentioned above.
He may put up points and is coming off a career year offensively, but man is he brutal on the powerplay. He plays on the 2nd unit and all I ever see him do is casually log the puck up the ice, attempt a fancy move at the opposing blueline, only for him to fail and let the opposition get the puck. Can't even hit the side of a barn with his shot.
He is also atrocious defensively. His plus minus looks good but that is because he plays with an elite shutdown d-man in Dan Hamhuis. When he's paired with someone like Alex Edler he is always exposed for the bad defenseman he is with his boneheaded plays.
I do not understand the love he gets from the Vancouver community. He may be a good community guy, but so were guys like Naslund, Linden, Mitchell, and the Sedins.
Someone missed the Marleau fight last playoffs, or the super man punch on Richards.
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