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Kesler sweepstakes is only heating up

Jun 26, 2014, 6:56 PM EDT

Ryan Kesler AP

Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning insisted earlier on Thursday that he’s comfortable with the idea of keeping Ryan Kesler in the fold if the right move isn’t available, echoing his predecessor’s stance. If nothing else, it sounds like the Canucks will have plenty of proposals to leaf through during what could be a crucial couple of days.

Of course, Kesler’s no-trade clause could make the number of suitors largely irrelevant, at least beyond the few he’s reportedly interested in working with. (TSN’s Darren Dreger backs up the belief that his list remains small.)

Either way, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that the Kesler trade talk has only been heating up during the last 24 hours.

More than a few people believe that the St. Louis Blues rank among the teams angling for the 29-year-old center, as it’s plausible that they re-signed Patrik Berglund merely to make him an easier asset to trade.

There’s talk that the Anaheim Ducks are on Kesler’s (very) short list of palatable destinations, but the asking price might be a little too rich for reigning GM of the Year Bob Murray’s taste:

Again, the increased interest as the 2014 NHL Draft approaches might do little except possibly give Benning a little more leverage:

Much like the NBA’s own draft this week, one thing remains clear: this could be an exciting and wild time even before the first selection is made in Philadelphia.

More on Keslermania

Benning says he’ll stand his ground

Canucks say there’s no timetable for a move

Envisioning a Blackhawks team with the U.S.-born center

He might only be willing to join Chicago, Anaheim or Pittsburgh

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Teams would be getting a very aerodynamic player.

    • bruins18 - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM


      • imleftcoast - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        Cause the Bruins won the Cup? Made it to the conference finals? I’m lmfao. 18 seconds.

    • mgp1219 - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      I’m sure the Canadiens will dive right into the sweepstakes!

  2. wingsfantothecore - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    ^ haha

    • nightfireop - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:50 PM

      ^ ROFL

  3. billiam55 - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    sick and tired of hearing about kesler. u guys are dragging it on. just tell us when it happens.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      It’s offseason, bud. Anybody in a front office sneezes and there’ll be two posts about it here.

  4. bluesdroogie - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    What about Berglund + pick and an ahl player not named Jaskin or Rattie. Berglund is friends with the Sedins and trains with them in the offseason. Would Kessler waive for the Blues?

    • bluesdroogie - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:45 PM

      Really, that many thumbs down? okay

  5. lidstrom5 - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    seems like evey year canucks are more news worthy then the cup champs lol

  6. snipedanglecelly13 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:48 PM


  7. Wineshard - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    If the Canucks trade to the Blues can we get Ronning, Geoff Courtnall, Sergio Momesso and Robert Dirk back? Oh yeah and make them all 20 years younger?

  8. pj608 - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Go to NJ! We need a good center!!!

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