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Kesler: Canucks ‘years away’ from being a contender

Jun 27, 2014, 4:35 PM EST

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Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler didn’t enjoy his time with the Vancouver Canucks in 2013-14 and while he respects Canucks president Trevor Linden, he feels the team is nowhere close to being a contender again.

“They’re in a rebuild and are years away from being a contender,” Kesler said, per the Los Angeles Times’ Helene Elliott. “It was time for me to move on.”

The 29-year-old forward got his wish today when the Anaheim Ducks acquired him from Vancouver in exchange for Nick Bonino, defenseman Luca Sbisa, and Anaheim’s first-round pick (24th overall) in the 2014 draft.

With the Ducks he’ll be the second-line center on a team that has won their division twice and took the Stanley Cup-winning Los Angeles Kings to Game 7 in the second round. In short, a team that’s more poised to win than Vancouver.

“At the end of the day, I want to win a championship and I want to win it now,” Kesler said, according to the Ducks’ Twitter feed.

Kesler had 25 goals and 43 points in 77 games in 2013-14, but the Canucks’ offense was anemic overall during coach John Tortorella’s brief tenure. When he was at his height, Kesler had back-to-back 70-point campaigns in 2009-10 and 2010-11.

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  1. bigtganks - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    He’d have been much better off going to Chicago than Anaheim if he wanted a championship now.

    • cooper217 - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      Chicago’s not gonna have the cap space with Kane and Toews asking for $12M per year each.

      • hawksin5 - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        they will get 8-9M each. it was just an asking price. make them look like heroes for taking a “discount”. it will still be tight though.

      • lordfletcher - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        with the cap going up and truly understanding their value, they will get 10 mill easy… they just have to not back down. What is Chicago going to do??? Not sign Toews? Please.

        Kane is the only one who could be traded of the two as they would get a haul but you don’t let #1C’s go, ever.

        They will be taking a discount staying in Chicago compared to what other teams would be willing to pay with room

    • shoobiedoobin - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      As much as his whiner, poor sport attitude fits in around Ducks teammates, he’d be a PERFECT blackhawk with that childish mentality he’s always had.

      Have fun with this broken down clown.

      • dueman - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        What a genuinely stupid comment!

      • hawksin5 - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:07 PM

        I’m sorry who on the blackhawks has a childish mentality? sorry your team sucks, get out of here.

      • shoobiedoobin - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        Who does?

        Man, are you feeling OK? Who DOESN’T?

        It’s known league wide your team is full of arrogant, whiny little dickpieces.

      • shoobiedoobin - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:14 PM

        No dueman, I’m 100% right.

      • obamareallysucks - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:22 PM

        Hey shoobiedoobin, what a retard! What’s the matter; having a fight with your boyfriend?

      • shoobiedoobin - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        Please think of something better than that.

      • chicagobtech - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        shoobiedoobin, some names and some quotes would be nice. Since you think it’s the whole team it should be pretty easy to find examples.

    • blomfeld - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:34 AM

      THE ‘TRUTH’ HURTS EH ? …

      so ‘deal with it’ you Canuckle arsonist jerks !

  2. lowenni - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Harsh assessment, if accurate. Respect that he wants to win a championship but the Ducks won’t win one next year either.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Can’t argue. Their window didn’t just close last year, it slammed shut and broke all the glass.

  4. hawksin5 - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    so bummed hes not a blackhawk. maybe he could have won a cup or two.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      Dry your eye small fry – did you want to see Saad shipped to Nuckletown? That’s likely what it would’ve taken to get Kesler. A healthy Kesler is a good player – but he’s never healthy. Chicago gets physically destroyed on a nightly basis due to their style of hockey….Kesler is too fragile – he’d miss at least 1/3 of the games if he played in Chicago.

      Don’t worry so much about the 2C roster spot….that wasn’t the reason the Hawks didn’t repeat – their inability to keep the crease clear and keep the puck out of net doomed them.

      Off season is just getting started. Chill, young grasshopper. Patience is a virtue.

      • blomfeld - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:52 PM

        “that wasn’t the reason the Hawks didn’t repeat” …

        Notwithstanding 2C, QE (quantitative easing) and such as, the reason you people didn’t win the Stanley Cup is simple …

        GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

  5. atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    I was pretty neutral on the Kesler thing, don’t like the Canucks didn’t care for him but he comes off sounding like a baby here, he acts like it’s his right to be part of a winner, I’m not anti-Duck in any way but after reading this I hope Kesler never wins. From my understanding No Trade Clauses do not move with the player, it’s up to the new team to decide if they want to honor it, I’d like to see him struggle and for the Ducks to trade him to the worst team in the NHL at the trade deadline for a piece that helps push them over the edge, that would be karma.

    • thesportsjudge - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:39 PM

      Ya, his sense of entitlement is off the charts! I will never be a fan of this guy.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:49 PM

        I can see if you’re Ray Bourque at the end of a hall of fame career and want to get the chance at an elusive cup to put a bow on your career. But for a player who’s had 2 really good seasons and a few decent ones to act like it’s his right to play for a winner in order to get the chance at a cup is just insane.

  6. interiorfan - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Stay classy, Kes!

  7. scoochpooch - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    No way, in the NHL? It’s almost worst to first every year.

  8. steverolley - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Its why he only wanted to go to teams where he could play the Chris Bosh role to either Getzlaf/Perry, Kane/Toews, Crosby/Malkin.

  9. notan9ner - Jun 27, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Good riddance.

    Watch him miss half the season with a broken ankle.

    Time to burn my Kess jersey, what a childish sore loser.

  10. hodog16 - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Have two edge Kesler jerseys from the 2011 period. Time to get them re-lettered.

  11. 19to77 - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Kesler’s “years away” from growing up. One sh-tty season and he starts squalling “I want out!” Good riddance.

  12. scout202sport - Jun 28, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    The Anaheim Ducks have won ONE playoff series in the last 5 years. I don’t think that makes them a contender.

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