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No deal: Kesler not traded

Mar 5, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

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Once again, it seems Mike Gillis is rolling the dice that patience will bring a better return for one of his core players. Other than sending depth defenseman Raphael Diaz to the New York Rangers for a fifth-round pick in 2015, the Vancouver Canucks didn’t make a move today, one day after Gillis dealt Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers in a move that did nothing to help the embattled general manager’s approval rating in the hockey-mad city.

Rumors were rampant that Kesler could be sent to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Anaheim and others. Instead, he remains with the Canucks, a team that’s becoming more and more of a long shot to make the playoffs with each additional loss.

Gillis will be criticized for wasting the value Kesler could have provided a contender this postseason. Now, the most the Canucks can guarantee a potential trade partner is two playoff runs with the 29-year-old former Selke Trophy winner, not three.

It could end up that Vancouver receives a better deal for Kesler in the summer, when teams have more flexibility to do deals. But Canucks fans have heard that before. Right now, there’s not a lot of faith it all turns out for the best, and speculation, valid or not, is only going to grow that Gillis will be fired.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Seems like you gotta go all in, feel bad for the guy left behind on a sinking ship. You think Torts is going to get him to block all those shots with LESS talent around him?

    • blomfeld - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:06 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 !

  2. charlieconway96 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    What a start to the “re-tool”…

    • puckdrop1 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      Re-tool should start with Torts. He needs to go.

      • dueman - Mar 5, 2014 at 5:58 PM

        Not disagreeing with your comment, but I think the biggest tool should go first, meaning Gillis.

    • charlieconway96 - Mar 5, 2014 at 7:22 PM

      I love that Gillis gave his TSN presser while on a golf course. Thats what one would call foreshadowing.

  3. hockey412 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Sounds like the offers on the table were decent. Nothing worse than a GM that eludes to something like this and then doesn’t follow through. Who is that good for?


  4. steverolley - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    It’s ok, remember last year when Gillis didn’t trade Lou or Schnieder at the deadline because he knew he would make a better deal in the summer…. 😦

    And at least it didn’t distract them from adding some other players at the deadline to help them, I mean you would have to be a total idiot to not at least get some help for a team that has 1 win in their last 12 games, tons of injuries…. oh wait they did nothing 😦

  5. penvik - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Fire Ray Shero!!!! Come on Mario, time to clean house, what a waste of the best two players in the world. They couldn’t find a way to get Vanek (offer 2 1sts for f sake) or Camellari, horrible day for the penguins fanbase. Mario’s future actions will tell us if they even care about Stanley Cups. Looks like they’re happy with regular season success.

    • puckdrop1 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      Geez, do you have the inside ‘scoop’ on the action needed to effect a trade? Get a grip man!

    • penguins87and71 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      First of all Ray hero is a hell of a GM so the Penguins aren’t going to fire him, that would be a terrible move. Ray Shero wasn’t even interested in Vanek because he didn’t feel like giving up a lot of assets for a rental player. I think what Shero did was he put too many of his eggs in one basket with Kesler. I think the one mistake was not trading Letang during this past summer, if he traded Letang he could of probably gotten 3 or 4 good forwards on return, and the Penguins would have a lot more depth then they have now. His still a good a GM, and everyone makes mistakes, his human!

      • claudegirwho - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        How was he to know that mattaa would start to play like he did this year? And not having letang and Martin is starting to show and we’ll really find out over this west coast swing

      • jpelle82 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:44 PM

        its kinda his job to know if maatta is ready to play like he is this year.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      this is a great day. penguins showing confidence for once with their team – goes a long way for the players and sends a message that their boss believes in them and doesnt have to make earth shattering moves to gain an advantage somehow.

    • Scottomack9 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      Lighten up Francis

    • erniecohen - Mar 8, 2014 at 8:05 AM

      Thank goodness for PIT this deal fell through. Sutter is cheaper, younger, and (at this point in their careers) about equally valuable. Not to mention the 1st, 3rd, and D prospect PIT was going to throw in.

  6. crazemastercraze - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Gillis:epic Fail master

    • hosewater2 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      Gillis or Shero?

      Brandon Sutter is not going to help PIT win a Cup, nor are the prospects/picks that were being discussed. I think with the talent level Pit has they should be all in, you never know how many years you have to be in position to win a Cup. Crosby gets hurt, Malkin gets hurt or KHL or unhappy, you just never know.

  7. canada2014gold - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Me thinks the re-tool is starting with Gillis

  8. pdmjr - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    I think Gillis is done, the owners wouldn’t let him make that deal

  9. rippit2000 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    If this works out like the Luongo trade, the Pens should be able to pick him up at the draft for a 5th round pick and a bucket of pucks.

    • hockey412 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      He’d pull a switch and get rid of both Sedins instead.

      • dueman - Mar 5, 2014 at 5:46 PM


  10. jpelle82 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    guess i was wrong but the speculation was fun…i’m glad though, i wasnt thrilled about the asking price from the get go. goc and stepniak should add some good depth. love the ones your with this year…seems to be the theme for quite a few teams…

  11. chrisk61 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    pens are toast for the playoffs. the hockey gods will give them a div rd match up vs the flyers, which they will lose, and heads will roll in pitt. bylsma out, malkin maybe gone.

    surprised “spend like a drunken sailor” shero didn’t pull the trigger.

    and what about florida getting luongo and minn getting the one-man locker room destroyer bryzgalov ? those 2 teams are run by morons.

  12. penguins87and71 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    How can say the Pens are toast in the Playoffs. First of all Dan Bsylma is a heck of a head coach and the Penguins love him, and why would the Penguins get rid of Malkin? That’s such a asinine comment! Pittsburgh has a great shot at least making the finals. The east is wide open.

  13. penvik - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Did I just read somebody thinks Bylsma is a heck of a head coach. Thank you!!! Best joke I heard all day, needed that after what I just witnessed. Montreal got Vanek for nothing, Burke wanted to move Camellari, even Moulson would have been fine. Agree Letang SHOULD NOT be a penguin and I was angry after the draft last year that they handcuffed themselves. Bylsma single handedly was to blame for last years playoffs and ruined team USA in the Olympics. My only hope was that Ray Shero could see this but he is blind too. Penguins should be on there way to a 5 peat for cups but management and coaching mistakes have done them in. And I have to listen to guys like Pierre McGwire tell me that Malkin needs to work harder, give me a break. Sid, Geno and the ECHL penguins will get bounced again.

    Moves I would have made:
    Fire bylsma
    Trade Letang for a Boatload at 2013 draft
    Draft toews over Staal ( huge organization blunder)
    Draft Saad instead of joe morrow.

    And thus is not hindsight, I was mad at the time all these things did not happen. How can NHL gms be so blind when we can see it so clearly. It’s pathetic. Hard to continue forking out money year after year to support these teams. The only saving grace is at least I’m not an islander fan

    • slysipops - Mar 5, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      I for one am glad they passed on TOEWS and SAAD !

    • dueman - Mar 5, 2014 at 5:54 PM

      It doesn’t look like you are much of a Pens fan either…lol…Not hindsight, that’s too funny!

  14. slysipops - Mar 5, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    sounds like the LUONGO fiasco from a short time past ! does this team ever deal in reality ? i’ll bet the bigwigs sit around and stick pins in voodoo dolls for entertainment and make team decisions with tarrow cards or a crystal ball. maybe the team should be located in NEW ORLEANS ?

  15. hempoilcures - Mar 5, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    When the owner is over-ruling the GM on trades, the GM’s time is up. Either that, or it is very dysfunctional in Vancouver.

  16. hosewater2 - Mar 5, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Shero offered Sutter, a 1st and a 2nd. That is not good enough and Gillis was right to say no. Good luck in the playoffs.

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