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No Bieksa for Canucks against Blues

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa will sit out Tuesday’s game against the St. Louis Blues because of a lower-body injury, Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy reports.

This allows depth blueliner Cam Barker to make his way back into the lineup. Murphy reports that Barker will be paired with Alexander Edler.

Bieksa, 31, dealt with a groin injury earlier this season. It’s unclear if that’s what is plaguing him today or if it’s a different problem.

One other minor move addresses the team lower forward ranks as Tom Sestito comes in for Steven Pinizzotto. Finally, Cory Schneider will start in goal.

Canucks re-sign Higgins: Four years, $10 million

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The Vancouver Canucks have had themselves a busy little Tuesday.

Shortly after acquiring Derek Roy from the Dallas Stars, the club announced it had re-signed winger Chris Higgins to a four-year deal.

Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston says the contact is worth $10 million all told.

Higgins, 29, was acquired from Florida at the 2011 NHL trade deadline and provided an immediate impact in the Vancouver lineup.

He scored eight points en route to the ’11 Cup final and scored three game-winning goals along the way, tying a franchise record for most GWGs in a single playoff season.

The Canucks rewarded Higgins with a two-year, $3.8 million deal that July, and he’s gone on to post impressive numbers.

In 2011-12, he scored 18G-25A-43PTS in 71 games, finishing fourth on the team in goals.

This year he has 9G-5A-14PTS in 35 games, tied for second on the team in goals.

How Higgins’ new deal affects Vancouver’s financial future remains to be seen. According to Capgeek, the Canucks have nearly $63 million committed to just 15 players next year, with the salary cap falling to $64.3 million.

The team has a number of unrestricted free agents — Roy, Manny Malhotra, Mason Raymond, Max Lapierre, Andrew Alberts, Cam Barker — and will need to make decisions on RFAs like Chris Tanev and Dale Weise.

Of course, the club could use one of its amnesty buyouts to relieve some of the financial strain.

Bieksa back for Canucks versus Preds

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The Vancouver Canucks should get a key player back in their lineup tonight as defenseman Kevin Bieksa expects to suit up against the Predators at Rogers Arena.

Bieksa has missed seven of Vancouver’s last eight games with a groin injury, with the Canucks winning just once in the seven games he was sidelined.

“I’m feeling good now,” said Bieksa. “I’ve had probably five or six days of being pain-free so I think that’s a good thing.”

If he plays, Bieksa will replace Cam Barker, with Keith Ballard being the other healthy scratched defenseman.

Roberto Luongo will start in goal after stopping 26 of 27 shots in Tuesday’s 2-1 shootout win in Columbus.

The Canucks have also recalled physical forward Steve Pinizzotto from AHL Chicago. Head coach Alain Vigneault says it’s possible the 28-year-old, who’s currently en route to Vancouver, could make his NHL debut tonight.

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