Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 2/27/13
Quick Question… Has the absence of Kevin Bieksa exposed Vancouver’s blue line imbalance? Mike Gillis has always been a big believer in acquiring a wealth of defensive talent. Since his start with the Vancouver Canucks, Gillis has preached a dogma of depth and foresight, accounting for injuries and other bad luck as a season grinds on. The off-season acquisition of Jason Garrison was a perfect example of Gillis’ dedication to defensive depth, rounding out a solid top-four for the Canucks. Kevin Bieksa, Dan Hamhuis, Alex Edler, and newcomer Jason Garrison are all signed through the 2015-16 season and have shown early chemistry to start this year, but will this core be enough to carry the team as the season wears on? Kevin Bieksa’s recent groin injury has begun to raise questions over the true depth of Vancouver’s defensive corps. After a strong front four consisting of Bieksa, Hamhuis, Edler, and Garrison Vancouver’s blue line is relatively thin. Specifically, the Canucks just don’t ...
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