You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!
The banners on the left side and below do not show for registered users!
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.
Vancouver Off-Topic / Current EventsThe off-topic forum for Vancouver, funnies, non-auto centered discussions, WORK SAFE. While the rules are more relaxed here, there are still rules. Please refer to sticky thread in this forum.
And to think, it was a punch in a Winnipeg parking lot that helped get playoff hero Kevin Bieksa his first pro contract with the Vancouver Canucks.
What, you say?
Enter former Canucks GM Brian Burke, who on Tuesday recounted to ESPN.com the story of Bieksa and the Canucks, which began in Winnipeg near the end of the 2003-04 season.
"He played his four years at Bowling Green. They were eliminated from the playoffs, and we brought him to Manitoba [AHL] on a PTO [professional tryout]," Burke said. "One night after a game in Winnipeg, in which I don't think he played, they went to a local establishment. Fedor Fedorov was sitting at a table and Bieksa walked by the table, bumped him by accident and spilled Fedorov's beer. Bieksa apologized and offered to buy another beer."
According to Burke, Fedorov was in no mood for the apology from the unknown rookie and challenged him to a fight outside. Bieksa again tried to defuse the situation, according to Burke, but Fedorov wanted to fight.
"So, they go outside. Fedor was a big guy, he was a lot bigger than his brother Sergei," said Burke. "Then Fedor comes in and Bieksa drills him with one punch. Knocks him stone cold and cut wide-open and leaves him lying on the pavement."
Burke said Bieksa figured he was done with the Canucks organization and would be sent home the next day.
"Send him home? I said, 'We're going to sign him tomorrow,'" said Burke, whose affinity for truculence is well-established.
Bieksa played 80 games with the Moose the following season before graduating to the Canucks in 2005-06.
If you drive like an asshole, you probably are one.
I know probably a far fetched thought, but what are the chances of Bieksa going to Sharks, and re-signing with us after the year is up?
I can't argue that for 4.6m a year he's holding up cap space, but I love the guy and he's a Canuck through and through. Bringing him back home and have him retire as a Canuck for 2.5m wouldn't be so bad would it?
Definitely a risk move by buffalo, but lehner is only 24 years old. Still young considering he was thrown into the NHL mix at I think 21 years old. Give him a chance, if he pans out to be on a similar skill set as lack, maybe talbot, everyone will be praising buffalo for the good move.
Sure markstrom and bieksa plus pick to SJ is good, but it doesn't solve the problem of lack wanting to get into a starting position. I'm sure lack wants to move into a starting position, but their season stats were pretty close last year.