Bieksa breaks the bank
Almost unbelievably, Kevin Bieksa is now the Vancouver Canucks' highest-paid defenceman.
Bieksa signed a long-term deal with the Canucks today for what is reportedly $3.75-million per year, another new CBA deal that rewards a player's potential more than anything they've accomplished to this point. Bieksa certainly had a nice sophomore season with 42 points in 81 games, but for him to get more coin than Mattias Ohlund, Willie Mitchell (a UFA signing last year) and Sami Salo?
An interesting development, to be sure. At least for Vancouver fans, he'll be a bargain this season at $525,000 before the new deal kicks in for 2008-09.
Vancouver Canucks Senior Vice-President and General Manager Dave Nonis announced today that the Canucks have signed free agent defenceman Aaron Miller.