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Update: Kesler’s agent denies report that he wants out of Vancouver

Feb 26, 2014, 9:52 PM EST

Update: It didn’t take long for a rebuttal regarding a report that Ryan Kesler wants to part ways with the Vancouver Canucks. Both Vancouver’s News 1130 Sports and the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater report that Kesler’s agent Kurt Overhardt flatly denied such a notion.

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TVA Sports’ Louis Jean reports that Kesler asked for a trade early in the 2013-14 season and still wants out. As you can see above, Kesler’s representatives already denied Jean’s report.

Jean believes that the Canucks might struggle to trade Kesler before the traded deadline and may instead need to wait until the 2014 NHL Draft in part because they’re seeking roster players instead of draft picks.

Even with the challenges of a complex deal in mind, Jean notes that the two-way forward’s potential availability would generate serious attention from around the NHL.

T.J. Oshie backed that much up to the Vancouver Province’s Ben Kuzma:

Kuzma points out two signs that Vancouver’s relationship might have become a bit strained with the 29-year-old forward. Kesler was stripped of his alternate captain’s “A” and moved to wing from his natural center position.

If you’re already imagining Kesler in other jerseys, Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy believes that a trade to the New York Rangers (and a reunion with Alain Vigneault) seems unlikely.

Kesler won’t suit up for Vancouver on Wednesday, but it wouldn’t be wise to read too much into that, as he’s currently day-to-day with a hand injury. The Canucks face Oshie’s St. Louis Blues tonight.

  1. rainyday56 - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    He’d look great in an Islanders Uni. (not an Islanders fan)

  2. stcrowe - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Didn’t the Flyers make a run for Kesler a few years ago? They have a few players that the Canucks would probably welcome in a trade.

    • flyerspsu - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      They signed him to an offer sheet but the Canucks matched it, it was awhile ago back when Clarke was gm, id love for the Flyers to make a run at him

  3. timmyp716 - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Why is anyone asking another player about what teams would be interested? When was tj oshie assigned to be spokesman for 29 teams?

    • newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:04 AM

      The Oshie comment seems like a vague comment. How I read it is that Kesler is the type of player who could help bolster most line-ups in the league, if he were to be traded.

  4. flyerspsu - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    if it is true that Vancouver is open to trading him I would love for the Flyers to make a run at him, but it would cost a lot and idk if the Canucks are interested in the Flyers pieces

    but with Giroux locked in at C1 and Couturier locked in as the shutdown C3 Kesler would be a tremendous C2, with B Schenn as the C2 right now it would make sense if he was in the package going back to Vancouver or in a separate deal to open it up

    but all this is a moot point since its all very unlikely … but it wont stop me from salivating over the idea of it

  5. jimw81 - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    thats 3rd rumored player heading to philly. first it was weber while i was eating lunch, then st.louis at dinner time and now Kesler at night time. flyers arent making any moves they dont have the cap space and they are chicken to given up a core player.

    • flyerspsu - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:00 AM

      Holmgren is always open to a move, as for the cap space, if the Flyers want a player they will do whatever it takes get him, i.e. overpay or make some trades to open it up like lets say trading Meszaros who the Bruins really want and has a 4 mil cap hit and stuff like that

      i agree its unlikely but never count out Snider and Holmgren, for better or worse

  6. elrock7 - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Kessler is band aid.

    P.S Not to mention a douche

  7. comeonnowguys - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Come on StanBo, make it happen.

  8. 13datsyuk13 - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Let’s-go-Ken Holland!

  9. stepanup - Feb 27, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Callahan for Kesler makes a lot more sense than Callahan for St Louis in my eyes. The coaches are obviously comfortable with the respective players, and the Rangers could really use a big body center who can play both ends well. Now, if only the Canucks had a young up-and-coming center to replace Kesler on the second line, like a Cody Hodgson type.

    That said I think it’s less likely than Callahan for St Louis.

  10. titansbro - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    makes sense to want out of there. vancouver is a first class city but a crap organization.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      first class riot city that promotes and implements crackpipe vending machines…

      • flyerspsu - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:07 PM

        you strike me as someone who likes the War on Drugs

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