The NHL trading deadline is a time in the year of most players that comes with a modicum - or lots more - of anxiety. After all, having to pack your bags is something even superstars have to worry about (i.e. Wayne Gretzky, Phil Esposito, Patrick Roy).
But not, apparently, Vancouver Canuck defenceman Kevin Bieksa, who told the media on Sunday, Feb. 26, the day before the 2012 trading deadline, that it is not something he has concern about. However, Bieksa, whose known for his sense of humor when dealing with the media, may have said that he doesn't care - he started out telling the media that Sunday - but by the end of the quote one can get the impression that he does care.
"See I don't even care anymore," he told reporters after a 3-2 overtime loss in Dallas. "I know it's entertaining and all the shows and you (reporter) guys, but for us it's a tough time thinking you could be uprooted and move your family. Hopefully, it comes and goes fast and everyone is here."
Canuck players want to win with who they got
It would be a shock if Bieksa were dealt but maybe he's not so worried about that eventuality. But by saying he hopes "everyone is here" when the trade deadline is done it seems that he does have concern about teammates leaving. As other Canucks have expressed, it seems he doesn't want the dressing room torn apart and hopes the team has shown management by their play - they're 40-16-7 - that they're good enough to take another run at the Stanley Cup as is.
There is speculation Mason Raymond could go, Cory Schneider, even Cody Hodgson. But if Bieksa had his way they'll all still be his teammates after the deadline has passed. He knows, of course, that it isn't his call. "We feel confident, but if Mike feels there are changes or depth or improvements he needs to make, he will."