Buzz: Could Ryan Kesler end up with the Rangers? (Update)

8:11PM: the Rangers, along with Pittsburgh and Detroit are interested in Kesler. There are no shortage of offers and a trade could happen by Wednesday. (Nick Kypreos)

5:10PM: Bob McKenzie says that there has been some conversation between the Rangers and Canucks about Kesler. (TSN Drive)

He wondered, as he did last night, if the Rangers would move Derek Stepan in a deal for Kesler since Vancouver is looking for a young center. (TSN Drive)

4PM: Kesler says that it is “completely false” that he asked for a trade. (Elliotte Friedman)

3:25PM: Glen Sather is expected to check in on the availability of Ryan Kesler. There are reportedly no issues between Kesler and Vigneault despite their past and reported rift. (NY Post)

1:16PM: “They didn’t have the chummiest of relationships so I can’t imagine he would go there.” (Ray Ferraro on Ryan Kesler and Alain Vigneault on Leafs Lunch)

12:10PM: Nick Kypreos says on HC@Noon that there is some thought that Kesler wants to go to NYC but there is the “Alain factor” there.

11:25AM:

Gallagher is a writer in Vancouver

Kesler has had some run-ins with Alain Vigneault in the past.

7:13AM: It was reported last night that Ryan Kesler (29, 30 in August) requested a trade from the Canucks back in October. (Louis Jean)

This was denied and called “BS” by his agent (Adrian Dater) and Canucks GM Mike Gillis said that he would not address the situation one way or another publicly. (Ben Kuzma)

He has two more years on his deal at a cap hit of $5 million. (CapGeek)

Kesler was telling people after the bronze medal game in Sochi that he wanted out of Vancouver. (Bruce Arthur)

  • 7:26AM: “There were a lot of rumors in Russia that he could potentially move him because he would be extremely valuable and it’s extremely digestible for a player of his caliber. ” (Pierre McGuire on TSN Radio

Prior to those reports coming out, Bob McKenzie said on TSN last evening, “the buzz on Kesler is increasing by the day. The Canucks are not aggressively trying to shop Ryan Kesler but they are listening. He has a no-trade clause so he isn’t going anywhere that he doesn’t want to go. He has a finger injury right now that might be broken. The question becomes what the Canucks would have to get back and it would obviously be a lot. What they are looking for is a young center between the ages of 20 and 25 who can grow into that that role Kesler is in right now. Someone who gives you a fighting chance at a reload, for example, would Kesler be willing to go back to Ohio, he played at Ohio State, for the Blue Jackets and would the Blue Jackets give up Ryan Johansen. Would the New York Rangers give up Derek Stepan along those lines, someone who is 20-25 and get step right into the lineup.”

Darren Dreger said last night, “there is no shortage of interest in Ryan Kesler and when he is competing with the edge that his reputation has been built on what is not to like? But when you talk with GMs who may be nibbling around Ryan Kesler there is some concern. When he is healthy, he does have some health issues, a history of health issues, he is not as intense or productive as he has been in recent years so he is no without risk.”

On The Quiz last night, Bob McKenzie guessed Kesler would end up with the Rangers, “I will say the New York Rangers. The Rangers and Canucks would know exactly what they are getting going the other way. Derek Stepan might be one piece of a puzzle that could work for the Vancouver Canucks. There is some financial implications for the Rangers but nothing that couldn’t be overcome.”

Jeff O’Neil predicted Chicago and Aaron Ward predicted Columbus as where Kesler could end up. (The Quiz)

Jason Botchford says that whether it is at the deadline or in the offseason, Kesler’s time in Vancouver is running out. (Province)

Kesler has had some run-ins with Alain Vigneault in the past.




21 comments
blueline
blueline

need a center for Kreider and Nash

kachook
kachook

No need to trade Step. Cally, Boyle, Kristo/Fast/Lindberg and a 3rd should get it done.

Nate Strack
Nate Strack

NO DEAL!?!? Really?? If we r gonna lose Callahan, I think getting Kesler is an IMPROVEMENT in quite a few areas...1st off, kesler is a PHYSICAL BEAST!!! Lol...he's bigger and stronger than Callahan, he fights (and wins most of the time!!) And his board play is slightly better than Cally's, and his cycle game is very similiar...he blocks shots just like callahan, and produces offensively at just about the same rate (maybe a slightly higher point production for Kesler in fact), they are almost the same exact player IMO, both play with an edge, and both get hurt very frequently...one major difference is that Kesler has 2 years left on a deal that pays him approx 5million per year....which is a DEAL and a great cap hit for a player of his caliber....our "captain" is demanding nearly 7 years at NEARLY 7 MILL PER SEASON!!!....7 YEARS OF INJURY PLAGUED, 50 to 60pts if he's lucky (or WE'RE LUCKY) injury shortened seasons...I love cally, but his body of work just doesn't create this "dream" top end salary that he is DEMANDING!!! Ugh...I think he's being very selfish now, as the 5 year 30 million $$ contract we offered him is VERY FAIR!!! And he "claims" that he wants 2 be a captain for our Rangers franchise that wants to win the cup....but HOW CAN OUR OWN CAPTAIN "LEAD BY EXAMPLE" WHEN HE'S SHOWING EVERY OTHER RANGER PLAYER THAT "I'M OUT FOR MYSELF, AND I DON'T CARE ABOUT THE CAP, CUZ I'M GONNA GET "MINE"..."....I just don't get it. You think he would have a Little team "focus" and ubderstand that if he got "top end UFA market money 4 his contract" that this is only going 2 HURT the teams ability to bring other talented free agents onto this team?!?! It makes no sense, as he's offering ZERO of a "hometown discount".....I say trade Cally, as his stock will prolly NEVER be higher, and pick up Martin St. Louis, and then we trade Derek Stepan, for Kesler....we already have J.T. Miller and other young VERY talented centers on our team...IMO stepan doesn't fill the top line center responsibilities as well as a Ryan Kesler could...sure stepan is def a better playmaker then kesler, but Kesler is DEF. More complete hockey player than Steps is IMO...SO LET'S GET st. Louis AND kesler baby!!!! Let's go Rangers!!!

Gerry Hansen
Gerry Hansen

Not for Stepan. He did well in the Olympics, but he's a Madonna, diver, and overrated. Upside on scoring ability just isn't enough.

Greg Engel
Greg Engel

Still wouldn't make the rangers any good

Kevin
Kevin

Kesler has a no trade clause, and things reportedly didn't end that well between him and AV from what I've seen.  I'm sure Torts would love to get Callahan back but I don't think Kesler waives to play for AV again.  

Ed Zambrano
Ed Zambrano

Yeah, I'm not trading Stepan for him.  If they want Brassard, sure.

Chris Peek
Chris Peek

Stepan for Kesler? In a heartbeat.

nyrfan1213
nyrfan1213

Financial implications? Like what? We'd be fine. Make the trade!

Alex Agnew
Alex Agnew

Woah woah...are they talking about the same Derek Stepan who is one of the Rangers' top 2 centers...is 23, rarely injured and has another year left on his $3m a season contract.


In what universe are the Rangers the right fit for Kesler (and Stepan is the cost)...Kesler's decent...but he's not what the Ranger's priority should be. 

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@kachook Trading away 3 top 15 prospects for a player who is closing in on 30 years is not a smart move. Especially when you consider the Rangers are not going to be an elite team with the acquisition of Kesler. Rangers need to hold on to their top 15 prospects and let them develop into solid NHL players that will improve their team and not another team. Van wants too much for Kesler, just offer Callahan straight up for Kesler.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Nate Strack If this was 1994 I would make that deal (Kesler for Stepan). However; the reality here is that this isn't 1994 and the current Ranger team is not even close as being as talented as the '94 team. Also, this team is not an elite team that only needs one more player to be an elite team. Trading Kelser for Stepan now will result in giving away nearly 6.5 years of NHL serviceability as Kesler is nearly 30 years old and Stepan is 23. The Rangers need to retain players like Stepan if they want to have a quality team for many years.

Nate Strack
Nate Strack

Well riddle me this....Brassard has responded BETTER offensively than Stepan this year, overall and more consistently with LESS talent around him...sure steps might have a couple more points (literally maybe 3 more) but if you take into consideration that stepan has played with better linemates ALL YEAR LONG, its quite obvious that Brassard has had the better year...if we didn't have Scott Arniel On our coaching staff I think we would be giving Brassard more ice time then Stepan and more of a chance 2 succeed...we should put Brassard onthe top line as see if he could bolster Nash's production a little more than Step's has...cuz stepan has somewhat "regressed" this season unforutanetly...and Stepan is only a year or 2 younger I think.

Nate Strack
Nate Strack

I don't know enough about his personality to really comment on where his "psyche" is...with this being said, I have seen him play many times, and have gotten a glimpse of him through that 24/7 behind the scenes NBC documentary...and what I saw, was a man, not a MAN-CHILD like Derek Stepan...Kesler is a beast. Physically dominant, and his will to win in intense....he did seem very emotional, and Steps seems to have the edge on composure....but I just don't know if stepan is going to develop into the 1st line center of "our dreams"...and all this talk about Kesler being 30...jeesh, it seems players nowadays can play at the same competitive level with just about the same talent level into their late 30"s!! just look at a myriad of older players playing at a VERY high level each night in the NHL...isn't Callaghan 29 too?? Love steps,  but just want people to know that sometimes we "fall in love" with a player and become skewed about actual performance, and sometimes we cant be truly OBJECTIVE and critical about these players...

Nate Strack
Nate Strack

Lmfao....touche brother. I'm def emotional about these possible changes. Lol...I haven't missed a game in 8 years, so it IS a big deal 2 me...

Ed Zambrano
Ed Zambrano

@Nate Strack In my opinion, Stepan has much more potential than Brassard and if I had to pick one of the two, I'm taking Stepan.I think he's better defensively and if I'm not mistaken, better on the draw.  

Nate Strack
Nate Strack

@Ed Zambrano IMO stepan's "development ceiling" is only slightly higher than that of Brassards. Just compare stats from last year and this year...very similar production lines. however, Brassard led our team in points in the playoffs last year, and Stepan was pretty absent in that department. This year, it seems to be more of the same. most would argue that our best line, and most consistent offensive line this year was/is the Brassard Zuccarrello line...rather than the Stepan, Nash, Kreider line....IDK about faceoff winning percentages. very important stat, but im unaware of whos the best.

Nate Strack
Nate Strack

Your right, I'm a little hard/critical of steps because he fought tooth and nail 2 get paid like a semi-star, and it impacted his camp, and this far thro the season, he's having and "off" year...Stepan does have intangibles, IS better on the draw, and has a higher hockey I.Q. IMO, But is every1 forgetting about last years playoffs?!?! Do you remember Brassard then?? He was hands down our best player....so I just don't want people to "sell Brassard short"...that's all. But yes, Stepan>Brassard all day everyday!! Lol