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Kesler won’t waive NTC for Rangers, nixes Vigneault reunion

Mar 4, 2014, 8:47 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers are interested in Ryan Kesler, but the feeling isn’t mutual.

Kesler has reportedly refused to waive his no-trade clause for a potential deal to the Rangers, according to the New York Post. The report has since been confirmed by ESPN New York, essentially killing any chance of a Kesler-Alain Vigneault reunion in the Big Apple.

Kesler, 29, has also reportedly shot down any potential move to Columbus as well.

Philadelphia, Anaheim and Pittsburgh have emerged as the three most rumored suitors for Kesler’s services. The 29-year-old has been shopped around by Vancouver and is arguably the biggest impact player available on the trade market, though it’s unclear of Canucks GM Mike Gillis will be able to orchestrate the right deal prior to Wednesday’s deadline.

Turning down New York is an interesting move from Kesler, as he enjoyed some of the best years of his career under Vigneault. That includes the 2010-11 season, when Kesler scored a career-high 41 goals and captured his first Selke Trophy as the league’s top defensive forward.

That said, Vigneault and Kesler didn’t always see eye-to-eye on things and there were reports of discord among the two.

It’s unknown what the Rangers were offering for Kesler, though Vancouver’s reported asking price is a roster player, first-round pick and a prospect.

Related: PHT Extra: Where will Kesler end up?

  1. hallforpresident - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    I guess Alain and Kesler didn’t see eye to eye on “drawing” penalties…

  2. blomfeld - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    As I was saying only yesterday …

    blomfeld – Mar 4, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    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 !

    • esracerx46 - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      You “really” need to “learn” the proper use of quotations.

    • joey4id - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      you’re on a role blomfeld. You are the man with the insight in Vancouver.

      • esracerx46 - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:50 PM

        That’s just sad. Someone needs a boost to their libido.

      • blomfeld - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:06 PM

        and you should be ‘erased’ !

      • esracerx46 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:19 PM

        That Schwarzenegger movie was terrible. And I’m pretty sure that was a threat…

  3. Stiller43 - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    So the options are

    A) playing for his olympic coach and with the best player in the world for the first place pens

    B) playing for a team who’s scratching and clawing just to make the top 8 of the eastern conference

    This one seems easy….

    • stakex - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      Well I doubt “playing for his Olympic coach” is a plus, considering the USA’s experience at the Olympics was an unmitigated disaster.

    • fortarnold - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:34 PM

      Easy there troll43. The Flyers had a rough start to the season and made a coaching change. Coaching changes also do not always lead to immediate results as there can be an adjustment period. If you start looking at the Flyers season on November 8th the day after they were shut out by the Devils, the Flyers are 28-14-5 for 61 points. In that same timespan, the Penguins are 30-11-4 for 64 points. That sample size is larger than half a season and seems indicative of teams with similar capabilities. I understand the Penguins have suffered through a rash of injuries but who knows if they would be any better with those players in the line up. Mr. Olympic Coach had an all star team in Sochi but managed to squash their talent when it mattered most.

      Furthermore, the Penguins current place in the standings is indicative of nothing. Since they won the Cup in 2009, they have been a colossal disappointment come playoff time. They have won 3 series and lost 4. One could argue if the Islanders had a lawn chair in net rather than Nabakov last year they could be 1-4 in series since their Cup win. But then again, since Nabakov was in net we all got to see the mighty Pens suffer one of the most pathetic playoff exits ever for a team with such an abundance of talent.

      While missing the playoffs last year the Flyers have won 5 playoff series since then and embarrassed the Penguins in one of them. And even though he is not the best player in the world, Giroux clearly out played Crosby head to head in their last playoff match up.

      Yes, the option seems pretty easy…

  4. pdmjr - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Anaheim Ducks are in it now but Vancouver wants John Gibson, if they OK that it’s done. Again Kesler makes the decision

    • smarshall3789 - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      He won’t get traded to a western conference team! It’s either Pittsburgh, Philidalphia, Detroit! Please come home Kesler we could use you and we have the prospects to give up!

      • jbink2585 - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:16 PM

        @STILLER43– I hope the pens do get him as flyers fan price tag is high and your deal will include SUTTER will hurt pens in long run. Its not really such a slam dunk, PENS HAVE ? mark like any other team. DUPUIS hurt out for year. LETANG SITUATION? and perhaps the biggest one of all what goalie will you have come playoff time.

      • elrock7 - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        Wings have crap to give up. No trade match ay all!

      • lordfletcher - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:16 PM

        He could get traded to a team in the west as long as it helps Vancouver.

        I am pretty sure the Nucks understand the next 1-3 years may not be the best. Trading Kesler for the right package could really increase their chances at not be bottom feeders. You can only be on top for so long till you hit the restart button

      • quinny2727 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:30 PM

        It’s either Pittsburgh or Philly. I’m not gonna lie, I absolutely hate the Pens, as I am a Flyers fan. It only makes sense for him to go to the Pens, though, as they need depth in their lineup to have a fighting chance at a Stanley Cup. All they have is Crosby, Malkin, Neal, maybe Jokinen on offense, what happens when they have a bad game in a round of the playoffs? The Pens need to balance their back lines if they want a cup run. Why Philly wants him is clear, they have a team built on two-way centers. Why they don’t need him is because we have Giroux, Couturier, Laughton, Schenn, all two-way centers. It won’t help to add another. Maybe they would go for a blockbuster with one of the listed centers and include Edler in the deal though. I’d say that either way, Kesler is coming to PA.

  5. stakex - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Probably a good thing for the Rangers. I still think the asking price for Kesler is too high, and considering that the Rangers are currently lacking prospect depth it wouldn’t be wise to give up a top prospect and a 1st round pick for him.

  6. killerpgh - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Seems to be a lot of information “leaking” about Kesler’s demands. Kind of like Jordan Staal’s info keep “leaking” before he got traded. Just seems kind of odd. It also seems to lessen the blow when fan favorite bigger name get moved.

    I’m just hoping this isn’t like last year when Inginla went to the Bruins right before I went to bed pissed off only to wake up and see he came to the Penguins.

  7. nashernation - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Well that sucks!! Perfect fit for the Blue Shirts. Come on Ryan buck up

  8. jinx21fan - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    I honestly believe if the PLAYER demands/requests a trade it should nullify the NT portion of the contract. Maybe not nullify it, but at least make it a partial NT. He can submit say a list of 6 teams he’d accept.

    It is totally unfair to the GM (and Organization) trying to get market value back if their hands are tied to only dealing with 1 or 2 teams.

    Not just this specific instance, I believe that in all cases.

  9. jimw81 - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    it seems its most likely the flyers. they are willing part ways with shenn and van wants him badly but i wouldnt be surprise what’s taking so long is that the flyers are trying to get elder as well by adding useless bodies like mez and gufferson into the deal because they cant have 9 defenseman on the roster. pitts offer was garbage from the beginning, putting sutter in the deal shows they lost faith in him.

  10. bleedrangerblue - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Good. Rangers don’t need him. I don’t want him wearing the sweater. Please sign Cally. That’s all I ask at This point.

    • pone27 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      With all due respect, to say you rather have Cally over Kesler, on top of Callys contract demands, you sir at nuts.

      Kesler is one of the best two way forwards in the game. He brings what Callahan does, just with size and an ability to produce/score goals.

      • jimw81 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:12 PM

        kesler can open giroux game. i think giroux ready to go on a tear if they can get him.

  11. Stiller43 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:00 PM


    Just saying he already has worked with bylsma…and unlike the rangers coach, apparently he doesnt dislike him

    • flyerspsu - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      and that worked out great right? that really is a moot point

      the important facts are Pittsburgh is a top contender but he’d be the 3rd line center while in Philly he’d be one of the top guys, would slip right in to the #2 center and its an organization that has loved the guy since day 1 before he broke out, its up to which matters more for him

      also when it comes to the offers, Schenn is certainly more valuable than Sutter which i think is the most important thing, both are offering 1st round picks as well and id assume the Flyers would be willing to send an ok prospect as well, but Schenn is only 22 and will almost surely become a 30 goal guy while Sutter is a solid 3rd line center similar to what Horvat is being groomed to be already in Vancouver

      im thinking its leaning towards Philly by a little bit for now but we’ll see, id assume w/ Luongo gone they’d surely trade Kesler but you never know w/ Gillis

      • c9castine - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:47 AM

        Actually he’d play 1st line right wing with Cindy and I think you are blowing the Olympics out of proportion. Not showing up for bronze game was bad but we lost 1-0 to the best team I’ve ever seen

    • jimw81 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      doesn’t mean anything, byslma got exposed in olympics as a fraud and his system sucks,

    • stakex - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      I get that, but I’m just pointing out that his one experience playing for Bylsma didn’t go very well… so I doubt its much of a plus (or a minus really) when it comes to his destination of choice. I do agree with you that Bylsma wasn’t really at fault for the US’s terrible finish however, but considering that Kesler doesn’t seem to like any of his coaches… that’s probably not how he sees it.

  12. Stiller43 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Hes a fraud and his system sucks? It produced the highest scoring team going into the semi finals (and i believe they had the best goal differential in the tournament as well). Yeah it didnt get he job done against a team that allowed 3 goals in 18+ periods – and the bronze medal game (which the US just gave up in after the first fin goal).

    Still wouldnt say it worked terrible.

  13. madmax80 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    He doesn’t want to go to the Pens cuz he doesn’t want to get beat by the B’s again in the playoffs.

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