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Ducks Acquire Kevin Bieksa From Vancouver For 2016 2nd Round Draft Pick

Anaheim continues the offseason alterations, adding additional snarl and a buddy of Ryan Kesler on the back end.

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After much discussion leading in to the draft that the Vancouver Canucks would be sending Kevin Bieksa to northern California, undone by San Jose's unwillingness to trade a 2015 second round pick for him, the defenseman will have a southern California home instead.

As initially reported by senior Sportsnet hockey insider Chris Johnston, the Anaheim Ducks acquired the 34-year old defenseman for a 2016 second round draft pick. According to NHLNumbers the 10-year veteran Bieksa is in the final year of a deal with a $4.6 mil. cap hit and will be an unrestricted free agent following the 2015-16 season, but is only owed $2.5 mil. this season.

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There's a certain hilarity that after all the discussion leading in to the draft and the Sharks resistance to deal this year's second rounder that the Ducks were able to scoop Bieksa up for the same thing the Canucks were offered at the draft. As for what this means going forward for the Ducks, it's pretty much a guarantee now that Francois Beauchemin will be suiting up with another team next season.

Replacing Beauchemin with Bieksa seems to fit in line with Murray's ideal of pairing the Ducks puck-moving defensemen with a more physical piece, though Bieksa also has a positive offensive impact as well. The question is whether or not the 34-year old can be better than the 35-year old Beauchemin was this past season, and as the Mimco Hero chart suggests this is another instance where Anaheim is bringing in a defenseman that is not all that great at suppressing shots against. It's a tension that the team was able to overcome this past season in knocking off the seventh and eighth best teams standings-wise in the Western Conference during the postseason, but will be called in to question against the likes of Chicago and Los Angeles.

If anything, a certain important impending unrestricted free agent for next year seems to enjoy the move.