Canadiens are latest name to be cranked out in Bieksa rumour mill
Another day, another Kevin Bieksa rumour.
The latest twist in Twitter-land is that the Montreal Canadiens covet the Vancouver Canucks defenceman in exchange for 2010 first-round draft choice Jarred Tinordi. The rumour has some legs because the Canucks had interest in the 6-foot-5 blueliner, who’s the son of former NHL defenceman Mark Tinordi. He had nine points and 68 penalty minutes with the U.S. National Team Development Program last season and a was a member of the U.S. team that won the 2010 under-18 world title. Tinordi is projected as a tough, top-four defenceman and that’s why the Canadiens traded up to take him 22nd overall last month.
However, the Habs have other problems that would make such a trade tough to digest.
For starters, the Canadiens have four defencemen who are 30 years of age or older, have five contracts on the back end expiring after next season and still need to flush out their roster with 20 players signed for $55 million US. Taking on Bieksa’s remaining $3.75 million would be a stretch and so would giving up Tinordi with few bonafide NHL prospects in the franchise fold.
The Canucks have their own cap issues. They have 23 players signed, but are $358,333 over the $59.4 million ceiling and have yet to add unsigned restricted free agents Mason Raymond and Jannik Hansen and rookie Cody Hodgson to the payroll.