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Report: Teams extending offers for Kesler, but asking price is high

Feb 27, 2014, 8:30 PM EST

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Canucks forward Ryan Kesler has strongly denied the reports that he wants out of Vancouver, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be traded.

After all Canucks GM Mike Gillis said nothing that suggested that it wasn’t a possibility and there appears to be a strong market for him.

The Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, and New York Rangers are all interested in his services, according to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos and the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch.

Vancouver has already reportedly received offers for Kesler, but the team is hoping to get up to three pieces back for him. That might include a first round pick, a prospect, and a roster player.

That’s a steep asking price, although the 29-year-old might command it given his combination of offensive talent and physical play. He’s also solid enough on the draw.

Kesler comes with a $5 million annual cap hit through the 2015-16 campaign. He also has a no-trade clause, so this matter isn’t entirely beyond his control.

  1. pfhockey - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    It always seems that with big name trades, PIT, PHI, NYR, or BOS are always considered as a few frontrunners.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:48 AM

      Shero, Holmgrem, Chiarelli, and Sather are all guys who like to wheel and deal. Seem to be constantly putting out feelers so its easy to connect them with stuff.

    • hockey412 - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      I’d love to know what in the world Pittsburgh has to bargain with right now that’s healthy…

  2. esracerx46 - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    First round pick, prospect, roster player.

    Bryan Bickell, Nick Leddy, a first, Ryan Hartman for Kesler. If they’d do away with the first round pick, throw canucks could throw in a low level prospect and za give them their choice of Pirri or Mark McNeil.

    • comeonnowguys - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:54 AM

      I want me some Kesler on the the Blackhawks, but that feels too steep. Pirri and a first rounder. Q may not like him, but he’ll crack a lineup somewhere.

      Still, that’s likely too low, but no Bickell probably means more Bollig (ugh), and Leddy’s one to hold onto.

      • esracerx46 - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:05 AM

        If you want to acquire Kesler, you need to shed roughly 4.2 million in salary. Bickell makes 4 and Leddy makes 2.7. Nobody wants Bickell at his price, so that’s why you have to include Leddy. Losing Leddy doesn’t hurt that much because you have a guy like Clendening in Rockford. You could do a Bickell and Brookbank, but that’s not attractive enough IMO.

        Could also do a trade packaged around Oduya, but I don’t think now is a good time to lose a top 4 defensemen.

        If Bickell is traded, I don’t see this as more ice time for Bollig. I’m in the same boat as you in seeing him on the ice. He does nothing for me. He’s doesn’t even take a regular shift on the PK. I see a Bickell trade meaning a call up for Jeremy Morin. He’s not quite as big, but can play a similar game to Bickell, especially given the fact that Bickell does not play the game like he needs to as often as he should. If Morin isn’t the answer you have a guy like Kevin Hayes, who last I checked has 51 points in 33 games playing for BC. His season will be coming to an end shortly and needs to be signed. As well as Stephen Johns (6’4” 230, oops just drooled on my keyboard)

        The Blackhawks have pieces that I think could be ready to step in and do a job reasonable to one that is currently on the ice now.

      • comeonnowguys - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:40 AM

        I know there’s salary to clear, it’s just I always saw (in my infinite GM wisdom) Leddy as slipping right into Oduya’s role after he left, without any adjustment time that a call-up would have. (I think Leddy will be better in the long run as well) That’s where the reluctance came from.

        Yeah, I don’t think Sheldon Brookbank is going to get anyone’s motor revving. I still think Bickell’s the kind of player that gives you an advantage in a playoff series in the top 6, so the combined loss of the two and a first (even a late one) gives me pause.

        Still I think Bowman’s track record has definitely earned him the benefit of the doubt, no matter who would get sent west.

      • comeonnowguys - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:45 AM

        Also, I’ve been wired over the years of watching Chicago sports to assume he would get injured before the playoffs. That’s why I’m looking at the costs.

      • esracerx46 - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:02 AM

        I’d be thrilled if you could substitute Oduya for Leddy and still get the deal done.I just don’t believe Oduya would get Gillis going. I like Nick Leddy, him leading the rush can be a thing of beauty, but he has his faults. I don’t know if 4 and 8 can co-exist as well as 4 and 27. And I wouldn’t want to change that dynamic with 20 games left. I know Kesler as been oft injured, but I think (hope) playing in Chicago and the role he’d be given would minimize Kesler’s injury problems. Perhaps I’m just salivating of having lines of 10-19-81, 23-17-88, Morin-65-20 as your top 9. Or move in Hayes to play with Saad on the left with Shaw centering.

        The Hawks need for a 2nd line center has always been a problem. Also, Andrew Shaw and Mark McNeil are the only 2 right handed centers in the system. Kesler solves that.

    • whalepod - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:36 AM

      As a Canucks fan, as well as a huge Kesler fan… If all we got back for Kesler was Bickell and Leddy, I would seriously consider fire bombing GM place. This is a TERRIBLE deal for one of the most complete players in the game. He’s likely never going to score 40 goals again, but in all phases of the game he’s more than solid. In my heart I see this going one of two ways… Either Kesler stays a Canuck, or the oilers give us the first round picks until the end of time. What will more likely happen with Mike Gillis at the helm is we trade him straight up for the futures on Mike Peluso.

      I’m terribly nervous that MG will completely fumble the most important deal for the Canucks in the last 10 years. At least MG can’t trade him for Bo Horvat. Oh. Wait…

      • esracerx46 - Feb 28, 2014 at 7:39 AM

        I know the Canucks weren’t going to bite on just Bickell and Leddy. Thats why I threw in Ryan Hartman ( first rounder in 2013) and a future first round pick. I really like Pirri, but if Q wont play him he’s useless to me. if te canucks want to throw in a low level prospect so they can get under the 50 SPC contract max, I’d be glad to swap the first round pick for a guy like Pirri.

  3. nobandwagoners - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Any return for Kesler should be a lot – he’s a jack of all trades (penalty kill, power play, face off man, physical and a general pain-in-the-ass to play against) and for a very reasonable cap hit for the next couple of years, especially considering that the cap is rising next year and the money being thrown around for lesser lights is goofy.

    On most teams Kesler would or could be a number one centre and, if surrounded by some good players with finish, would form a very good line. He’s stuck in Vancouver behind the Sedins who, despite a relative decline in their scoring prowess (more to the range of 70-80 points per season), are signed through the next three seasons at an increased cap hit of $7m per season – you can bet that GMMG doesn’t expect the Twins will be earning that much money playing on the second line even if that’s where they ought to be. And the Canucks are no longer legit Cup contenders, IMO.

    So as much as I hate to see Kesler go, I could understand why he’d be open to a trade to a team of his choice.

    • pfhockey - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      I wouldn’t say most teams, but he is a very solid top 6 player and a real value, he hasn’t made much chemistry in VAN with teammates ever since their cup final season. put him on a team with good wingers and I’ll bet for sure he’s a consistent 60-70 point player playing great defense. He’s a player that’ll fit into almost any system.

  4. 19to77 - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    I could see Columbus putting a good package together around Brandon Dubinsky or Boone Jenner. Both can play centre and I don’t think the Canucks will trade Kesler without a serviceable replacement going the other way. They don’t have the depth to fill the hole from inside the organization right now. I doubt Kesler would waive his NTC to go to the Jackets, though.

    • bigtganks - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:49 PM

      Other than he played in Columbus in college at ohio state.

  5. chanceoffleury - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    I like Kesler in a Pens uniform. As good as their first 2 lines are, their last 2 can really be quite a drag sometimes. Pens need the secondary scoring that Kesler would bring. I think anything the Penguins do in a big name trade will include Sutter as the “player” piece in a package deal like this. What if the Pens just packaged the Jordan Staal trade and shipped it out west? Go with something like Sutter, Dumoulin, and a first. I don’t know. I’m always horrible at trade proposals because I feel like I overvalue the Pens players in a trade. Haha! I think the Pens could trade picks for Orpik to free up the cap space to take on Kesler’s hit, too.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:50 AM

      The one that I’ve seen make a lot of “sense” is Sutter, Pouliot, and a first…. which frankly terrifies me. I wouldn’t give up Pouliot for anything – lot of talk that he’ll be better than Maatta.

    • chanceoffleury - Feb 28, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      Judging by the 12 thumbs down I’m gonna assume my armchair gm trade proposals still need work! Haha!

  6. deezenucks - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    If he doesn’t want to be here then get rid of him. I feel likes he’s been checked outta here since the bruins final. But so help me god Gillis you better get some legit pieces back.

  7. valoisvipers - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    If he is as good as you say he is, then why trade him. He is brittle,inconsistent and in no way way worth a first, a prospect and a player.

    • mackstrong2013 - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:04 AM

      If he really is available, biggest name around at the deadline. Throw in that he has won a selke, scored 40 goals and whoever lands him gets him for at least three playoff runs…yea, I’d wager at least a few think he’s worth it.

  8. taytay099 - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:17 AM

    I bet he would love to play for his hometown Red Wings.

    • lionstigersandwingsohmy - Feb 28, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      I don’t think Holland would pay the price listed here.

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