Kevin Bieksa D VAN 2 weeks ago

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.

A broken hand has cost 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.

Kevin Bieksa D VAN 3 weeks ago

Bieksa (hand) was able to get in a full practice with the team Wednesday, Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun reports.

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.

Kevin Bieksa D VAN 3 weeks ago

Bieksa (hand) skated Monday before the scheduled team skate, Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun reports.

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.

Kevin Bieksa D VAN 4 weeks ago

Coach Willie Desjardins indicated Tuesday that Bieksa (hand) is at least a week away from a return to action, Jon Abbott of tsnradiovancouver.ca reports.

Such a timetable effective rules 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.

Kevin Bieksa D VAN 2 months ago

Bieksa (hand) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.

With a number of Canucks players banged up following Tuesday's loss to the Ducks, 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.

Kevin Bieksa D VAN 2 months ago

Bieksa is expected to miss 6-8 weeks following hand surgery, Sportsnet's Dan Murphy reports.

Per The Province, 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.

Kevin Bieksa D VAN 2 months ago

Bieksa will require surgery on his left hand, Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province reports.

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.

Kevin Bieksa D VAN 2 months ago

Bieksa left Tuesday's game against the Lightning with a wrist injury and didn't return.

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, 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.

Kevin Bieksa D VAN 2 months ago

Bieksa had his first multi-point outing of the season Friday, contributing two assists in a win over the Hurricanes.

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 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.

Kevin Bieksa D VAN 3 months ago

Bieksa handed out an assist in Tuesday's win over the Islanders.

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.