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Canucks GM plays it coy with Kesler rumors

Feb 26, 2014, 11:26 PM EDT

Mike Gillis AP

Could there be some trade talks regarding Ryan Kesler? Kesler’s agent denies TVA Sports’ Louis Jean’s report that Kesler made such a request, yet Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis seemed to leave the door open about the two-way player being moved.

At the very least, he didn’t exactly slam the door shut on the possibility, as the Vancouver Province’s Ben Kuzma reports.

“Nothing has changed,” Gillis said. “Some report came out of Sochi. I won’t comment on it under any circumstances and whether Ryan asked or didn’t ask (for a trade). I’m not discussing this. I don’t know who Louis Jean is, I never met the guy. He could have called me.”

While that seems like an elaborate “no comment,” his follow-up is a bit more intriguing.

That’s certainly not the emphatic statement that Kesler’s agent made, one way or another. Could this be Gillis’ way of saying that he’ll at least listen to offers?

Kesler, of course, would have to waive his no-trade clause for that to happen. It sounds like the likelihood of that happening varies depending upon who you ask.

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