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Bieksa’s groin injury opens door for Barker’s Canucks debut

Mar 3, 2013, 8:35 PM EDT

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Weather issues forced the Vancouver Canucks to arrive in Calgary for Sunday’s game against the Flames later than anticipated, but that’s not the only challenge they’ll face tonight.

The team must cope without defenseman Kevin Bieksa, who’s out with a groin injury, according to Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy. It’s likely that Bieksa, 31, is still hampered by the same issue that sidelined him for two games in late February.

Injuries to players such as Bieksa have opened the door for Cam Barker to make his Canucks debut. The 26-year-old hasn’t lived up to the billing of being the third overall pick of the 2004 NHL Draft, but he’ll get his first chance to prove that he at least deserves to be an everyday player.

Many would argue that’s not the case.

  1. DTF31 - Mar 3, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Oh no… Why?

  2. blomfeld - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    *** This message is intended for fans of the reigning Stanley Cup Champions only ***

    THAT WAS NOT GOOD …

    To hell with Bieska’s groin, or Kassian’s ass for that matter. The bottom line friends is that we were soundly defeated by these people last night and it hurts. Quick should have had at least 2 of those goals and overall we simply weren’t clicking like usual? The Canucks deserve full credit for beating us and there can be no excuses on our part. The good news however is that we get one more go at these people before the season is done. Hopefully then and God willing, we’ll see to it to really teach these people a lesson, eh? But no rest for the wary, as we have Nashville up next on Tuesday night and it’s important that we bounce back in a big way then. Take care friends and keep your chin up in the meantime … Blomfeld

  3. jpat2424 - Mar 4, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    Take a seat bieska

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