Canucks' Bieksa steps up as leader

Updated: June 12, 2011, 7:20 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

BOSTON -- He's a dark-horse candidate for the Conn Smythe Trophy and one of the team's leaders.

And he was involved in every trade rumor possible last summer.

Good thing the Vancouver Canucks held on to Kevin Bieksa or they likely wouldn't be here today, one win away from a Stanley Cup.

Big hit, clutch goal, key pass, blocked shot? Bieksa has done it all in these playoffs. Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, in our mind, is a slam dunk right now for the Conn ...

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