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Canucks have ‘no timetable’ for Kesler situation

Jun 23, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

Ryan Kesler AP

The hockey world waits. What will happen with Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler in the days and hours leading up to the NHL Draft? Will he be moved? Will he stay in Vancouver?

It was a topic of conversation Monday, even as the Canucks introduced Willie Desjardins as the club’s 18th head coach in franchise history. At 29 years of age, Kesler has a no-trade clause in his six-year, $30 million contract with an annual cap hit of $5 million.

Based on the numerous reports, there are between two to six teams that he’s reportedly willing to waive that no-trade clause to go to. As of Monday, it appeared there were three teams – Anaheim, Chicago and Pittsburgh – he’d be willing to get dealt to.

The first round of the draft goes Friday. The Canucks appear to be in no hurry to resolve this situation before the draft.

“We’ll work with Ryan. As I’ve said before, Ryan’s a tremendous player, he’s got the assets that we want to have on this team,” said Vancouver’s president of hockey operations Trevor Linden.

“There’s absolutely no timetable there.”

Kesler’s name has been linked to trade speculation since February. While he denied reports back then that he requested a trade out of Vancouver, however in June, it was reported that even with a change in management, Kesler still wants to move on from the Canucks.

  1. roblo76 - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:35 PM


    • canucks30 - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:41 AM

      Oh Really?

  2. areaman714 - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    There is a timetable . . . They will get less than they were offered at last season’s trade deadline and if they decide to wait, they will get even less of an offer at this season’s trade deadline.

    • hosewater2 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      How do you figure they will get less? Or just mad that your team didn’t have him in this year’s playoffs?

      • areaman714 - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:41 AM

        Not mad. Just mildly cogent in thought. At last season’s trade deadline, his contract included two years and a half and three playoffs. Now, two years and two playoffs. Next season’s trade deadline, one and a half years and two playoffs. His value declines as the end of his current contract draws near. There is no guarantee he will resign with his new team.

      • canucks30 - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:45 AM

        Never underestimate the desperation of NHL General Managers’.


      • areaman714 - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:15 AM

        All others but the Canucks general management?

  3. lidstrom5 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    not sure what all the excitment is here

    • canucks30 - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:46 AM

      Oh Really?

  4. blomfeld - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:38 PM


    • canucks30 - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:47 AM

      Go home blomfeld. You’re drunk.

  5. blomfeld - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:03 AM


    Regardless of whichever team you support, you do have to look at this development with ‘some’ apprehension eh ? I mean seriously, here you have one of the ‘few’ remaining stars on the Canucks and yet he want’s ‘out’ like some rat on a sinking ship ? So what does that say about this franchise in going forward ? Nonetheless, what’s really ‘nuts’ is the Canuckle brass who think that by simply ‘re-packaging’ the same old dead carcass, the people will come back like obedient sheep ? Of course they’ll get some, like the ‘narcissistic’ Yale Town crowd who go to games for the sole purpose of superficial vanity. And then you have the ‘newcomers’ who God bless them, probably ‘mean well’ for the most part ? As for the regular ‘Johnny Canuck’ Vancouver fan who’s been supporting this effort since day one ? … well trust me friends, he was last seen at the station heading ‘out’ and that train left months ago !

    • cantescapekarma - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:53 AM

      What’s with all the quotation marks? I can’t help but read them all in that Mike Myers Dr. Evil voice (from Austin powers)

  6. sanfranbruinsfan - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:20 AM

    It’s entirely possible that 100% of the comments here are from blomfeld . . . including this one.

  7. bhglennie - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    from the time the trade is first talked about to getting the deal done is usually 1-11/2 years with the Canucks- Kesler could be here for awhile

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