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Does Bieksa Belong On First D-Pairing?

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We've all seen Bieksa try to pull an http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVe486gUXqw, and, miserably fail. Hamhuis almost always makes the smart play, minus the last 5 seconds of the Canucks season. What if AV put Tanev with Hamhuis to make a very smart shutdown d-pair, and Bieksa with Edler to make more of an offensive pair?

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No.

He's #3/4. Hamhuis is a legit #2 or 1 on many teams

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Bieksa- Edler would make a terrible pairing in fact didn't we see that several times this season and it was a complete disaster...?

Is Bieksa a top pairing d-man... im not so sure about that. I think he's be much better off on a 2nd pairing but on this team with whom we have i guess he is.

Im a firm believer in pairing an offensive type guy with a stay at home player to cover his ass. The problem with this team too many times is guys trying to do more than their capable of doing (Bieksa may be one of the biggest culprates) and part of that is the coaching philosophy imo.

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Hamhuis made Bieksa 4.75 mill for 5 years

EDIT : I suppose Bieksa did play well the entire 2010-11 season and playoffs. But still, last season he showed he isn't as dependable as he should be while on that 1st pairing....

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I like Hamhuis-Bieksa as the 2nd pairing. We just need to find Edler a partner.

Edler - ______

Hamhuis - Bieksa

Ballard - Salo

IMO, sign Garrison & Allen and trade Ballard for picks/prospects.

Edler - Garrison

Hamhuis - Bieksa

Allen - Salo

Extras: Tanev

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We should keep him with Hamhuis because that's when he's the most effective. Then we find Edler a reliable top 4 partner and we should hopefully be set. I hope AV decides to bring down Bieksa's ice-time this year. 20 minutes a night should be good and not much more.

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Yes he is.

Maybe a bit over paid. I would settle for 3.75-4 for him, not 4.6

we need to trade Ballard and free up 4.2 for a right handed, right side d-man to play with Edler

and maybe sign Garrison to 2.75 mil and play him on the 3rd paring

Hamhuis/Bieksa

Edler/______

Garrison/______

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I like Hamhuis-Bieksa as the 2nd pairing. We just need to find Edler a partner.

Edler - ______

Hamhuis - Bieksa

Ballard - Salo

IMO, sign Garrison & Allen and trade Ballard for picks/prospects.

Edler - Garrison

Hamhuis - Bieksa

Allen - Salo

Extras: Tanev

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in a perfect world he would be a 2nd pairing d-man but when he is paired with such a steady d-man in hamhuis in makes life easier for bieksa so he can be put up against the other teams top players

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No. We should trade him and Burrows for Hedman.

Is this 2009?

TOML

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No

and he shouldn't be paid more than Hamhuis

he got you that contract !@#$%

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Kevin is a legit top 4 - so it doesn't matter if it is first pairing or second. When he is on his game he is very very good.

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Is that even a question? On a contender a #4 AT BEST.

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bieksa should be #3 dman imo, hamhuis is a #2, we still need a #1 imo.

I wish edler and hamhuis played different sides, that would be a good pair.

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Whoa whoa whoa. What's with all the negativity? This isn't 2006. His contract is not that bad. The cap has gone up by A LOT, and do not expect him to be the highest paid D-man on the team when Edler has to re-sign his contract. His contract won't even be close.

He doesn't dive, he fights, and maybe he isn't super reliable defensively but he is one of our proven playoff performers despite being shat on constantly by this city. Him and Hamhuis form a much better pairing then any two defenseman we have can muster. It doesn't matter how good you think he is, he's a top pairing d-man for that reason.

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bieksa should be #3 dman imo, hamhuis is a #2, we still need a #1 imo.

I wish edler and hamhuis played different sides, that would be a good pair.

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