Originally Posted by GIANTSFAN
It's funny how Canuck fans downplay his loss, like they when they wanted to trade Bieksa for a used jockstrap, now he's a keeper & Ehrhoff is expendable.
I don't think it was as much about fans clamouring to trade Bieksa as it was half-expecting that Bieksa was going to be the odd man out until Salo got hurt last summer. Don't forget how crowded the blue line looked this time last year - someone was going to be moved, and everyone figured it would be Juice. It was only through devine intervention - Salo's ruptured Achilles - that kept Bieksa in a Canucks uni last season.
I don't think people necessarily WANTED Bieksa traded - we just expected him to be. But of course, things didn't turn out that way, and for the better, obviously.
If we get 60-65 games out of Salo this season it ill be a friggin' miracle. But with Ehrhoff gone, Edler still honing his skills, and Tanev, Sauve and Connaughton still in various stages of development - his presence on the PP esp will be vital.