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Report: Kesler won’t accept trade to Columbus, gives short list of teams

Mar 3, 2014, 11:55 PM EDT

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One can only speculate how many teams can afford to land Ryan Kesler from the Vancouver Canucks, but there’s also the matter of him waiving his no-trade clause. He wouldn’t do so to join the Columbus Blue Jackets even if they can make a deal with the Canucks, according to the Vancouver Province.

Update: Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reports that Kesler provided the Canucks with a short list of teams he’d be interested in joining:

The Province notes that Kesler, 29, spent the 2002-03 season at Ohio State University (where he admitted he “wasn’t much of a student”). Apparently that single year of college hockey wasn’t enough to move the needle for the two-way forward.

It might not help that Kesler had a “legendary rift” with Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger during his brief time with the Buckeyes:

Read what you want into Kesler’s legendary rift with Blue Jackets centre R.J. Umberger that goes back to being college linemates for the Buckeyes. There’s the story about Umberger supposedly being jealous about Kesler’s first pro contract and using it as leverage to do his deal.

There was some alleged public dissing of Kesler on the Columbus airwaves and the two even fought at centre ice in Vancouver on Jan. 18, 2009. That was a long time ago, but you have to think bitterness lingers.

It’s not the greatest video, but here’s footage of that squabble:

Whether it’s that bitterness with Umberger or merely the fact that the Blue Jackets’ playoff position in the East isn’t any better than Vancouver’s out West, it sounds like Columbus can cross Kesler off its wish list.

  1. lowenni - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Little surprised at this, but not shocked. Columbus would be a real good team if they added Kesler. But, if he has control over where he’s traded, I don’t blame him for picking his destinations specifically. The Red Wings seem like a possible fit given he’s from Michigan, or the Pens if he wants to really contend for a Cup soon.

    • kaptaanamerica - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:28 AM

      Columbus is a year or two away from kicking arse in the East. when the finnish guy and davidson get this team on the right tracks it’ll be St.Louis 2.0… Can’t for another Eastern team to start beating up on the bottom feeder that sits in a market that thinks it is the center of hockey (not), when everyone knows that’s Montreal. lols…

  2. 19to77 - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    The Jackets are a good team, but if he wants out from Vancouver, it won’t be for another bubble contender. It would be for what he believes is a better candidate for the Cup. Columbus is finally starting to look like they have a future, but they’re not up there with Pittsburgh or Chicago yet. I think that from Kesler’s perspective going from Vancouver to Columbus would basically be a lateral move, not an upward one.

    • dewman8810 - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:48 AM

      Columbus has a LOT of good young talent though. This team will be quite good in the near future if they keep those kids.

  3. jimw81 - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    lol, ek got burned by kesler

  4. wranglerick - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    I thought the islanders were the only team that nobody wants to play on.

    • c9castine - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:38 AM

      haha its not that bad there man think about Florida. Nashville, Phoenix. No stars want to go sign there. Florida must be the worst team in the league at attracting free agents, even with the sunny beaches on its side.

      • blomfeld - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:13 AM

        Take it easy with Phoenix friend …

        While there’s no question that Miami Vice and the Grand Ole Opry have absolutely ‘no’ business being in the NHL, an argument can be made that a team based within a ‘3 hour drive’ of where the Earp brothers gunned downed the Clantons & McLaurys back in 1881 has ‘every’ right to have an NHL team ! In fact, I myself was a detractor of their enterprise for the longest time. However I’ve recently come to my senses and realized that Phoenix does indeed equal NHL hockey ! Yes sir ! … and don’t ever let no ‘bad ass’ tell you otherwise ! :)

        *** here’s what will ‘likely’ go down tomorrow when the Coyote’s ‘deal’ with the Canucks ***

      • c9castine - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:49 AM

        yeah i never said they didn’t deserve NHL hockey just that their organizations aren’t good at bringing in top star talent. lot of work on that post for no reason.

      • soldierone - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        It sucks as a Phoenix fan, we normally rely on young talent or aged talent. Thats why our “system” is a share the puck mentality. We got excited just to see Riberio….. lol

        Luckily it looks like Domi may be a hot hand in the league soon!

  5. hosewater2 - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    This is a “report” with no specified sources. Let’s not treat it and comment on it like it’s fact.

    • govtminion - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:18 AM

      If we start doing that, we’ll lose 20% of the reason the internet exists. (Porn, btw, is about 60%)

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:57 AM

        I thought porn was 95% and the other 5% was things to do when you’re not looking at porn?

  6. blomfeld - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:33 AM


    Another hilarious photo to go along with the story ! Good show PHT ! … jolly good show ! :)

    Nonetheless, the bottom line remains that things are now ‘going to happen’ here in Vancouver and those things do ‘not’ involve Ryan Kesler ! On the contrary, this Kesler business is nothing more than a ‘diversion’ which has been cleverly concocted in-order to fool the sheep and mask what’s ‘really’ about to go down. In fact, I would submit that what ‘inexplicably’ took place yesterday at BC Place (ie: the benching of Luongo) will now become self-explanatory with developments over the coming 36 hours … even for the many ‘anti-social’ sheep who frequent this website !

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:01 AM

      Stop spamming the comment section bro. Your posts are nor relative or funny

      • joey4id - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:38 AM

        Oh! They are funny and relative. They certainly have more substance than “Stop spamming the comment section bro. Your posts are nor relative or funny”

      • ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:29 AM

        Joey, you are easily the most hated person on this website

      • joey4id - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        So! What’s your point? Is that supposed to be an insult? Try a little harder if that’s your intent.

        Cheers! 💋

    • valoisvipers - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:08 AM

      Time to back off EthanMac Both Joey and Blomfeld contribute more to this site in one day than a troll like you will in an internet lifetime. Take your cookie and crawl back under your bridge.

      • 19to77 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:54 AM

        Which they wouldn’t if they met Vancouver’s sky-high asking price.

  7. trbowman - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Penguins Flyers Rangers….so in other words all the usual suspects.


    • bbk1000 - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:18 AM

      I would be refreshing to see the Tampa Bay Sinkholes on the list……

  8. ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:06 AM

    I would like to see NYR pick him up

    • stakex - Mar 4, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      Ehhhhh I don’t know about that given the price the Rangers would have to pay. It would probably be along the lines of Stepan, JT Miller, and a pick…. which is pretty steep for a guy who’s likely on the downside of his career.

  9. mackattack29 - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:36 AM

    If the Rangers pick him up that would be one heck of combo of nash and Kesler. It would open up nash to be 100 percent offensive without worrying too much about defensive assignments because kesler is so good defensively.

    • hockey412 - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:08 AM

      I see your point and don’t disagree – but I’d add that no one gets to go 100% offense…look at the way Ovi is roasted daily. I think it may be more about the fit with his linemates and I’d wager, especially in his case, the system.

      Did he get along with AV? I remember AV getting under his skin by making comments to the media about his play.

      I’d love to see him with the Pens but I think Shero would use him as a third line center, and with the injuries he wouldn’t be looking at having very strong wings right now, either.

      Let’s just agree that he musn’t go to the Flyers.

    • tcclark - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:42 AM

      Which line do you think would be sent out against the other team’s top line? Nash would have MORE defensive responsibilities. It’s not like he can sleep defensively and let Kunitz run around because Kesler has Crosby covered.

      If you want him to have less defensive responsibility you’d play him with Richards and Callahan (if he’s still around) with Kesler.

  10. jbink2585 - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Philadelphia Radio reporting that flyers have offered B.Schenn, Laughton, Moran, 1st round pick(2015) and Future 2nd for Kessler and Edler.

    • jbink2585 - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:29 AM

      Philadelphia reluctant to give up this years first because Draft is in Philadelphia

    • tcclark - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:44 AM

      They’d have to move multiple other pieces to fit that under the cap.

      • narfmoo12 - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:51 AM

        Meszaros’ $4M could be immediately moved for a draft pick.

      • jbink2585 - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:52 AM

        @TCCLARK– They said if VAN acceped that Mez be moved bc flyers have multiple offers for him

      • narfmoo12 - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:54 AM

        By the way, I think that would be an awful trade for the Flyers. Kesler hasn’t been a star since 2010-11 season, and Elder isn’t the answer on defense.

      • jbink2585 - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:58 AM

        Kessler is better than braydon scheen, laughton is positinally blocked and edler is imeediate upgrade or our defense so Id have no problem with it

      • tcclark - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:09 AM

        Schenn’s hit is in the 3’s and Mez is 4, but Kesler and Edler are both 5+. We would still need to move another 3 million to make it work, wouldn’t we? (I don’t have the numbers in front of me)

        As for the deal itself, I don’t like it. Take out Morin and I’m ok with it, but Schenn, Laughton, Morin, a first, and a second is too much for these two guys. Edler is good, but he’s closer to Streit and Timonen than Pronger.

      • narfmoo12 - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:23 AM

        Kesler was great in 09-10 and 10-11, but since then he has 101 points in 156 games. At 29, is Kesler really doing any better than Brayden Schenn is doing at 22?

      • tcclark - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:32 AM

        Defensively yes. Kesler is one of the top 3 defensive forwards in the League. He would instantly improve our team defense.

        Offensively, I think he can produce more. The Flyers have a more offensive oriented system than the Canucks do. Look at how Mike Richards numbers fell after leaving Philly and Wayne Simmonds numbers grew. Simmonds has gotten better but he literally doubled his scoring output in one year by coming to Philly. Kesler has the offensive skill and talnet to put up big numbers again. Especially if he’s on a line with Vinny and Simmonds.

        and 29 is by no means old. He’s still got plenty of years ahead of him.

  11. 2qswing - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Philadelphia a contender?? for what? to barely squeak into the playoffs (if that) and get throttled by the Bruins at some point.
    As a Jackets fan, I say lets keep our kids. Don’t rush this thing. Reports were 6 scouts at last nights Jackets/Leafs game looking at Gaborik for the stretch run. He’s ufa at years end and will not be re-signed. Kings likely good landing spot for a 3-month rental.

    • jbink2585 - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:57 AM

      Id say watch to you just sound ignorant may want to watch more hockey, because one game isn’t a indication of your season. As flyers fan are we cup contender Id say no definitely viable playoff team and as we know you just need to get there. Flyers have won 6 of 7 and are 7-3 over last ten so not sure what you have been watching. That’s like me saying Jackets lost 6-2 to blues they are horrible get a clue. Nobody wants injury plagued Gaborik.

      • 2qswing - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:06 AM

        2585, so you agree with me that Phil is not a contender for the cup this year. that’s all I’m saying friend. Kessler is NOT going to put them over the top so to speak and a heavy price would be paid in the process. Not sure what you mean by “one game” I made no such reference.
        Flyers are on a roll no doubt. I was not delusional earlier this season when the jackets ripped off 8 straight and I’m not delusional now. Good young team that works hard every night and might get into the 7th or 8th spot. That’s it.

      • tcclark - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:14 AM

        Two years ago, an 8th seed beat a 7th seed to win the Stanley Cup. Any playoff team can win the cup.

      • narfmoo12 - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:28 AM

        2qswing… The Flyers are 31-17-6 since their 1-7 start. That’s 68 points in 54 games, which puts them at a 103 point pace. Sounds like a contender to me.

      • jpelle82 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:05 AM

        sounds like another decent team capitalizing on an eastern conference schedule. no way they compete with anyone in the west if they do make it through pittsburgh or boston.

  12. mtheparrothead - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    It just goes to show that nobody in their right mind likes anything to do with the state of Ohio

    • jbink2585 - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:06 AM


    • 2qswing - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      Jackets 26-15-5 since 5-10 start. 57 pts in 46 games puts them on a 101 point pace. We czan play that game if you want. Diff between you and me is we both love our teams but one of us is realistic and the other is not.
      Both Contenders for playoffs … yes absolutely. Cup contenders Too many holes still in both teams to run the gauntlet of Pittsburgh, Boston or any number of teams in the west, should it get that far.

  13. pone27 - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Could see the Rangers make the move involving Cally, kind of makes sense. I think Torts gets more out of Cally than AV does, especially if Torts survives being the Canucks coach after this season.

    But I don’t think Kesler will be moving. The Canucks really do not have a need to move him at the deadline unless something really pops up at them.

    I think draft day maybe a more definitive timeframe for him to be traded, but I could be wrong. Should be interesting to see what happens.

    • 2qswing - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:30 AM


      I think you are dead on with both points. Cally/Torts reunion makes sense if anything, but more likely a draft day deal.

      • jpelle82 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        draft day would be too late, callahan’s looking at ufa. if he doesnt get a deal done today he will be playing for someone else the rest of the season.

  14. kastout11 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    I would love to have Kessler in Philly, but there is no way I would give up B.Schenn, Laughton, Moran, 1st round pick(2015) and Future 2nd for Kessler and Edler. I would give up Schenn or Laughton and giving up Moran this early doesn’t make sense either. I don’t know if WIP or the Fanatic reported this, but I cannot see it happending, but I do not want to see Pittsburgh get Kessler. It seems like they pick up at least one quality player at the deadline every year.

  15. tywweb69 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    If you ask for a trade your no-trade clause should be null and void. PERIOD. I am so sick of these prima donas whining they want out of town then using a no trade to block a destination. If the team asked to move him, different story but he wants out and therefore all 29 other teams should be in play. I hope he never wins a cup.

  16. joey4id - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    True that Kessler has never been a consistent point producer. However, he has many attributes that can help a team down the stretch and in the playoffs. He’s a big body (6’2″ 205) forward who can play center or wing with good offensive and defensive skills. He can play a physical game and will win a lot of one on one battles along the wall, and is a huge presence in front of the net. If you think his presence can potentially push your team into the playoffs, then he’s a viable option. Remember that a team ears roughly $1.5 million for each home game during a playoff run.

    The scout! 😉

  17. tn16 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Then what’s the point of a no trade clause, that is why the players like it so if they get sick of a city they can ask for a trade where thy want

  18. chaser44 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    I do not want to move Schenn or Moran, Schenn is 22 years old and Moran is 19. I think Schenn is really coming into his own now and we need to stick with the young guns. If you can move Mez, Hartnell or Laughton for a true defensive upgrade, than we should do it. They wont be trading our first rounder this year due to the draft being in Philly. I also think we should cut ties with Downie and bring up either Akeson or Mcginn.

  19. penguins87and71 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    It would be stupid for the Penguins to even make a trade for Kesler. What difference is he going to make? The third and fourth lines are terrible! They are not a true cup contender this year, there are to many holes on this team to even think about competing for a cup. I would keep Sutter retool in the offseason and see how he plays with better linemates.

  20. jeffchadwick - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Is this really the best video PHT could find of the Umberger-Kesler tilt? The Zapruder film was higher quality.

  21. nyjetblue - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Wow, do you really need it spelled out for you why guy from Michigan (Go Blue), doesn’t want to play in Columbus? Really?! The smart trade with NYR doesn’t involve Cally…it involves Stepan.

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