I have an apology to make. I was in favour of trading you last summer. Well, not even just last summer. I didn’t like your game. I thought you couldn’t return to the player that the city of Vancouver fell in love with in 2006-07.
Even this year, I said some nasty things. I said you were not a shutdown defenseman. But here you are, paired with Dan Hamhuis playing against the other teams’ best lines and playing great! You’re now leading the defense corps in plus-minus, are back to playing mean and lately you’ve even begun putting up points again!
I trust you now. And it appears I’m not alone. Just last month at Naslund’s jersey retirement I heard a guy yell out “trade Bieksa!” when Mike Gillis stepped up to the podium to speak. And now? People are showing up with “We Are All Bieksa” signs for god sakes! I’m not sure what it means either, but it’s got to be a good thing.
Why is this happening? Because you’re back, baby! You’re back to being that mean, snarly defenseman who plays tough and makes good decisions with the puck.
But just like any great Canucks fan, saying all of this makes me nervous. Because of the history of this franchise, I now expect you to flounder as soon as I say these words.
But until then, welcome back Kevin.
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