|RUMOUR||2009-2010 NHL Statistics||2011 Cap Info|
|To Washington||Position||Age||GP||G||A||P||Years||Cap Hit|
|Kevin Bieksa||Defense||29||55||3||19||22||1||$3.75 million|
|To Vancouver||Position||Age||GP||G||A||P||Years||Cap Hit|
|Jason Chimera||Forward||31||78||15||19||34||2||$1.875 million|
It's been a while since I had something for the Rumour Mill blog, but a quick tweet got the wheels turning and we have some numbers to play with. It's nothing more than a rumour and should be take as just that, but I don't mind having a quick peek, see what it looks like.
The Canucks are knee deep in defensemen and cuddling up to the salary cap ceiling this Summer, so a deal to move a blueliner and get some cap space should be considered as a viable option. Moving Bieksa to an Eastern Conference team definitely has some merit and getting a 3rd/4th line player in return makes some sense, as that was one of their weaker points in the playoffs last Spring.
For the Capitals, they are dealing with plenty of depth on the forward ranks and a bit of a shortage of offense from the blueline past Mike Green. Bieksa would definitely solve the issue of finding a top-3 defenseman, for a reasonable cap hit, some toughness will be a value-add for the team as well.
I've definitely heard of worse rumours than this.