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Ducks GM is confused about not landing a big player like Kesler

Mar 5, 2014, 8:55 PM EDT

Many perceived the Anaheim Ducks’ decision to deal Dustin Penner as a prelude to a bigger trade. Maybe that indeed was the plan for GM Bob Murray, but it just didn’t work out that way, as Stephane Robidas stands as their biggest pickup.

It sounds like Murray is just as confused as many observers that the Ducks couldn’t land a big fish like Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler (who stayed put).

Now, in the case of Kesler in particular, the Canucks might not have been interested for two key reasons:

1) Vancouver clearly didn’t want to deal the 29-year-old to another team in the West. That probably goes double for a high-ranking contender like the Ducks.

2) The Canucks laid out a blueprint that included a roster player and prospect plus a pick, so despite Murray floating a serious asset, it might not have conformed to what Mike Gillis was searching for.

So, in the case of Kesler in specific, Murray maybe shouldn’t be so surprised. If he was dangling such high picks for the likes of Thomas Vanek (who went for a fairly minimal package, unless you ask New York Islanders GM Garth Snow), then you can understand why he might be perplexed on Wednesday.

  1. charlieconway96 - Mar 5, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Sorry Bob, I wish I had answers for you. Its totally baffling that Vancouver wouldn’t want to send one of their best players to their division leader.

    • blomfeld - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:52 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 !

      • blackhawksdynasty - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:08 AM

        Seriously joey it’s pretty sad that you resort to ‘I told you so’ posts to attempt to make yourself feel smart

      • blackhawksdynasty - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        Oops I mean ‘smart’

  2. bcisleman - Mar 5, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Snow wanted a top F prospect as part of the return for Vanek. MtL offered one and ANA apparently did not.

    • cofran2004 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:39 AM

      This is very true… Im having trouble figuring out why you have so many downvotes…

  3. AppealToReason - Mar 5, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Does it really matter if Kesler goes to someone in the division? The Canucks aren’t battling for top spot any time soon and probably are going to miss the playoffs.

    Burn it to the ground and build it back up.

    • elvispocomo - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      It’d be one thing if Kesler was an aging rental that the Canucks wouldn’t have to worry about seeing in a couple years time, but he’s signed for two more years. If you don’t win that trade clearly in the long term there’s no way to improve a team you play so much in any given season.

  4. gbatap - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Can’t blame Gillis. Draft picks aren’t worth a damn unless you convert on them and who would know that better then a guy who passed up Nichushkin for Horvat.

    • ray2013 - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:33 AM

      The picks also have a lot of value if you put them in the hands of a savvy GM. Of course that isn’t MG either.

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