Bieksa is currently our ONLY legit NHL right side D with a right side shot and an NHL body (which discounts Tanev).
Let's not over rate him; just simply point out how important it was to re-sign KB3! $4.6 is probably a pretty fair cap hit for Bieksa (he did score 39 points and play a top defensive pairing role).
Deals? Kevin got $6 or $7 mill his first year in the $23 mill deal. So maybe discount is also excessive. But its far better value than $40 mill for Erhoff, regardless of cap hit. Erhoff would have helped us win last year and this (next ?
). But we would had to have pulled a Philly (or Lou) and traded him with 8 years left in his deal. You can over pay and succesfully unload a contract as Philly has? That type of contract is a risk. Or you can get stuck, like with Souray, Dipietro, Huet, Redden, Yashin, even Pronger is still owed $20 mill! I'm willing to bet Erhoff's deal will not end well!
Neither signing Bieka nor loosing Erhoff are examples of mistakes by Gillis.
Bieksa took a discount? Again, maybe, but I'm not convinced that a lot of other teams would've been lining up to give him a 5-year, $23M deal. IMO, he's clearly the most overrated Canuck on the roster. If he had the personality of Aaron Rome, he'd be half as popular.
.And you're again bringing up a deal where, at the time of signing, it was not a "discount". Mike Gillis took a gamble on Burrows, when he signed. That was his breakout year, and Gillis gave him a 4-year deal under the presumption that the breakout would continue. In this case, he was right, and it was a great contract. But again, at the time, it was a gamble. Prior to that year, and even during most of that year, he was firmly entrenched on the bottom-six.
As for Ehrhoff, and your "see how it turned out for him so far" comment, his team only played 5 less games than the Vancouver Canucks did, so I guess it's been a flop for both sides, no?