General manager Jim Benning shed a bit more light on the deal that wasn’t completed with San Jose for Bieksa on Friday. It fell apart because the Canucks wanted a second-round pick in this year’s draft and the Sharks were only willing to provide a second-rounder next year.
"Going in, the market place dictates that Johnny Boychuk went for two second-round picks," Benning said, citing last fall’s deal between the Boston Bruins and the New York Islanders. "Kevin is a little bit older. That’s what our asking price was [a second-round pick this year]. I don’t think it’s too much, I think it’s fair. That’s what we were trying to get if we were going to move Kevin."
But for now, Bieksa remains a Canuck, although sources suggest Vancouver is talking to other teams.
"He’s still part of our team. We’ll continue to explore options and see where it goes," said Benning.
On Lack, the Canucks mustered a third-round pick and a seventh-round pick, not what they wanted but it’s the best there was.
"What happened with Eddie is that we thought with one of our goalies we would be able to recover a second-round pick," said Benning. "Now at the end of the day, we talked to probably eight teams, and the only real offer we got was for that pick at the top of the third round. People might say we didn’t get enough, but at the end of the day that’s the only real offer we got."