Vancouver Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa says he’ll be with the Canucks “until they throw me out of here.”
Bieksa said that on Hockey Night in Canada’s After Hours after he was asked by Scott Oake whether he’d stay in Vancouver for a ‘rebuild.’
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In the eyes of many fans, the trade of goaltender Roberto Luongo and the reported trade request from centre Ryan Kesler signaled the beginning of a rebuild in Vancouver. Bieksa says he doesn’t believe traditional ‘rebuilds’ really exist anymore.
I don’t think a rebuild, in the sense you’re talking about, where you think you trade away everybody with a long-term contract, you bring in all these kids, and you lose for five-six years until you turn this thing around. I don’t think a rebuild like that really exists anymore. If there are some changes in the offseason, we’ll deal with it.
Say the Canucks go down this path, will Bieksa want to be part of this?
As far as talking about me, I’ve been a Canuck my whole career, never been asked to waive my no-trade clause, I never asked to leave anywhere. I’m a Canuck at heart and I’m going down with the ship. I’ll be here until they throw me out of here. I still believe in this team and this group. And I still think we can win.