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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Bieksa scored his second goal of the season, dished out two hits, blocked two shots, and was tagged for four PIM in Sunday's loss to Ottawa.

A great fantasy outing for Bieksa, who has struggled offensively this season. Bieksa has just four points in 28 games, putting him on pace for only 10 points, which would be his lowest point total in nine years. While he may contribute in defensive categories, Bieksa's offensive struggles make him only worth a look in deep leagues.

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Bieksa (illness) said after morning skate that he was "ready to go" for Friday's game against the Coyotes.

The Canucks called up Bobby Sanguinetti on Thursday as insurance on defense in the event Bieksa couldn't play Friday, but it appears the illness that kept the blueliner out of practice a day earlier wasn't anything serious. He was a full participant in the morning session on his usual pairing with Ryan Stanton, suggesting he'll be on tap for close to his usual average of 21 minutes of ice time.

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Bieksa (illness) took part in Friday's morning skate and coach Willie Desjardins hopes he will be available against the Coyotes.

Bieksa missed Thursday's practice with an undisclosed illness, but his presence at Friday's morning skate is encouraging regarding his status against the Coyotes on Friday night. More light should be shed on the situation in warm ups if not before then.

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Bieksa missed Thursday's practice with coach Willie Desjardins saying the defenseman "wasn't feeling well" but is expected to play Friday against the Coyotes.

Desjardins' words would seem to suggest Bieksa is dealing with an illness, but not one that is significant enough to result in him missing any action. His availability against the Coyotes should be confirmed after taking part in Friday's morning skate session.