TheRussianRocket. Posted June 28, 2015 Share Posted June 28, 2015 via Elliotte Friedman 30 thoughtshttp://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/30-thoughts-canucks-bieksa-deserves-better/ You could see the frustration on Canucks GM Jim Benning, who badly wanted to add a second-round draft pick. You could see the frustration on agent Kurt Overhardt, standing at the fence that separated the team tables from everybody else at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL. You could feel the frustration from almost 6,000 kilometres away, as Kevin Bieksa waited for his NHL future to unfold. Overhardt would not comment, despite multiple attempts to ask the same question in different ways. Benning said, "I've been in contact with Kevin every step of the way and have been honest. He understands our position and well try to do whats right for (him)." It was revealed Friday morning that Bieksa agreed to waive his no-trade clause for San Jose. But the Sharks and Canucks failed to consummate a deal, with the two sides disagreeing on what year Vancouver would receive a second-round draft pick. And, even if Doug Wilson succeeded on holding off until 2016, the Canucks wanted something they could use in the last 48 hours. Wilson is tough to close a trade with, a strategy that makes other teams crazy. (Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News quoted the GM as saying he needed that 39th selection to trade up and get defenceman Jeremy Roy. He accomplished this goal, moving up eight spots in a deal with Colorado.) According to a couple of different sources, three entities Bieksa/Overhardt, the Canucks and the Sharks were working on this for at least a week and probably longer. In fact, the player recently visited the San Jose area with his family to look at houses. Knowing that, it's incredible this didn't work out. Everyone involved had plenty of time to understand the parameters. As you can imagine, there's a lot of private disgust. There were reports the trade fell apart because Bieksa wanted an extension. An executive for another team guessed it would end up in the area of three years and $12M. One player, furious at how this unfolded, said it was important to the defenceman because he did not want to uproot his family twice in two years. It doesn't sound like that was the deal-breaker here, unless Wilson vacillated as cover for not liking the idea. The Canucks are hurt the most, not getting what they hoped from a potential trade. Benning is a scout first and foremost. He badly wanted a second-rounder. When someone with his expertise desires that, it's for good reason. (Funny how last year, he was praised for draft manoeuvres. Now, the fan base is all over him. Vancouver turns quickly.) There's still a lot of interest in Bieksa, with approximately 10 teams having shown some desire to acquire him. He may be disappointed now, but there's still an opportunity for a soft landing. He deserves it. Fire everywhere. Wilson and the Sharks essentially screwed us over. Juice waived and there most likely was a deal in place and they backed out last minute. Reports say they wanted to switch this years 2nd for next years but JB wouldn't budge and neither would San Jose. Sucks because now we're in the awkward situation with Juice even though it was the Sharks fault. <------->http://www.theprovince.com/touch/story.html?id=11173939&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter "That's going in, he said. The market dictates it. Johnny Boychuk went for two second-round picks. Kevin is a little bit older, but that's what our asking price was and I don't think it's too much. I think it's fair and that's what we were trying to get" Well JB bluntly tells what he was looking in return for Bieksa. Price is fair and although Juice is not the player Boychuk is, that's the value he has especially to a division rival. I'm just concerned he doesn't pull off a MG. Demanding too much then being forced to take the deal at the end which isn't nearly as good and getting a less than satisfactory return. Think he'll ultimately settle for a 2nd and 3rd or a 2nd/3rd and a prospect. Either way, like he didn't budge his price this early on especially to a division rival that wouldn't give up a 2nd in this years draft. Plenty of time to make a deal whether it be before the season or trade deadline...the demand will only go higher. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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