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Canucks GM Gillis: ‘We entertained multiple offers but none fit our expectations’

Mar 5, 2014, 9:59 PM EDT

Mike Gillis AP

The National Hockey League’s trade deadline day began with the anticipation that the Vancouver Canucks would make a blockbuster deal involving Ryan Kesler, but a deal never transpired.

Kesler remains with the Canucks for now, although general manager Mike Gillis didn’t get into specifics when asked during a conference call about the future of the second-line center when summer rolls around.

The Pittsburgh Penguins were believed to be pushing hard to make a deal with the Canucks for Kesler, with center Brandon Sutter as the biggest piece reportedly coming to Vancouver. Didn’t happen, however. Adding to the intrigue of whether a deal could be completed or not was a report from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Vancouver’s ownership may not allow for a Kesler trade.

“We entertained multiple offers in multiple situations today and none of them fit with our expectations or our long-term vision,” Gillis said in a conference call Wednesday.

On the subject of ownership’s role in the deadline, he added to reporters: “Ownership is involved in all kinds of decisions that we make and when you’re in situations like this at trade deadline and draft, they’re going to be involved as you … evaluate situations.”

The Penguins weren’t the only team apparently interested in Kesler. The Anaheim Ducks also appeared in play, making two first-round and two second-round picks available, according to Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register.

The fact Ducks GM Bob Murray didn’t have any takers left him confused when it was all over.

  1. charlieconway96 - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Love that he gave TSN his comments while standing on a golf course.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      Yeah, he could have had FORE I mean four drafts picks,2 firsts and 2 seconds but no, he chose to keep Kesler and punish him for another year, as he did Bobby Lou.

  2. imleftcoast - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Brandon Sutter would not have been enough.

    • hockey412 - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      I don’t think that was the offer – but you’re right. I think Shero would agree with you too.

      It’s pretty much obvious that Gillis was looking for a kings ransom and had no intention of actually trading him unless he was getting away with robbery. But we’ve been through this with Vancouver…these are professionals, and they are well-paid, and they are certainly assets….but go ahead and treat them as such (assets) and see what happens. He JUST tried this “oh I’m gonna trade ya….NOPE no I’m not!” CRAP with Luongo…how’d it go. Hockey is a heart sport…don’t play if you don’t feel it. How the eff is Kesler supposed to feel ANYTHING.

      Good GM/bad GM, whatever…the guy is perhaps the worst manager of people and their motivations in the league.

  3. canucks30 - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    If Homer Simpson were a Canucks fan, I’d imagine his reaction to Mike Gillis would look like this:

  4. blomfeld - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:41 PM


    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 !

  5. ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Worst GM in the league right now, how isn’t he fired yet. And don’t even get me started on Garth Snow

    • ray2013 - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:23 AM

      Ahem. Mr. Bold MacT.

    • pfhockey - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:55 PM

      GMMG, GS, and GMGM are the top 3 worst GMs.

  6. cambannedloinstache - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Pretty hard to get a grip on the situation as a Canucks fan but I know for a fact there would be a much greater uproar if Gillis made a deal like the one supposedly offered (Sutter, Pick and a D prospect). I hope the man loses his job but you can’t help feel he was in a lose lose situation – unless bent another team over in the trade which is simply not part of his abilities.

    Kesler just needs to avoid injury (please) and they can get their heads straight in the off-season, likely under new management. If the Canucks continue their play of late they are looking at a pick around #6 which would be handy for filling holes through the draft or a trade.

    Kesler + a #6 pick for a low first round pick and a guaranteed star young player (with extras in play for both sides) may make this a good pass.

  7. elrock7 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Moronic ownership just extended him last summer, then he hires Torts and they both give it to Bobby Lou one more time.

    Honestly why would anyone want to play for the Nuckleheads?

  8. cantescapekarma - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    I think this non-trade may have had an effect on the return value or some other trades around the league… Bob Murray (anaheims GM) was only told that it was a no deal on Kesler 15 minutes before the 3pm deadline. You have to think that if Gillis hadn’t left him hanging till the last minute, Murray would have made an offer on Matt Moulson and/or Tomas Vanek, which would have probably included at least 1 of those 2 first round picks he offered for Kesler. Which could have then possibly made some other teams up their offering price for those players. Anyway, it’s just a thought…

  9. atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    If the rumor about Canucks ownership stepping into block a trade is true it makes sense, Gillis is likely done at the end of the season (barring a miracle run) and Kesler is a valuable chip to be played in starting the rebuild, better to wait on the trade and allow the new guy to make the deal at the draft.

    • ray2013 - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:28 AM

      I’ve read that they didn’t want to retain salary for Luongo last year so they couldn’t trade him. Had they done so last year they would still have Schneider. What was the rationale to keeping Kesler that makes this trade (whatever it was) a no-go? Clean out the gm and coach and let the new crew make better decisions?

    • hockeydon10 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      Or, keep Kesler if he gets along with the new guy and the new coach and is willing to stick around for whatever their plans are.

  10. superbowl48champs - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    Seriously, long time Nuck fan here and I have stuck with them through good times and bad. This has got to be the biggest free fall from Game 7 in the Stanley Cup to the mess it is in now inside two seasons. Screwed over Bobby Lou and now Kesler. If Gillis gets to keep his job then something is seriously wrong here. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if all the players currently on the team waive their NTC and leave.

  11. pdmjr - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:27 AM

    In the end he couldn’t pull the trigger. I don’t think he had the balls.

    • salmon90 - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:01 AM

      If having balls means trading Kesler for Sutter and two draft picks then I’m glad he doesn’t have any.

      • hockey412 - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:40 AM

        Where did you read that was the offer?

        That’s not what I heard was being offered…

  12. hockey412 - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    “long term vision”….hahahahahahha nice try

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