5:07PM: “Red Wings, the New York Rangers, the Flyers, Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets. I think those are all in the ballpark, some more interested than others.” (Bob McKenzie on TSN Drive)
McKenzie guesses that if Kesler does move and waive his no-trade he will likely go to the USA. He says that they will bring in a center that is in the NHL or very close to being in the NHL and quickly becoming someone who can fill the Kesler void.”
3:21PM: The action is picking up like crazy on Ryan Kesler (Pierre LeBrun on The Brian Hayes Show)
12:37PM: The Penguins reportedly inquired about Kesler and included Brandon Sutter and prospect Derek Pouliot as part of a package. (Rob Rossi)
9:46AM: Ryan Kesler denied that he asked for a trade from Vancouver but rumors persist that the Canucks may have made him available as a way for them to re-tool their team.
Kesler has been linked to the Rangers as someone the team has interest in.
- The price on Kesler is “significantly high” and the Canucks have suggested that they won’t move him unless they get what they want and they are willing to wait until the summer to do that. (ESPN.com)
- It is believed that Vancouver is asking for a roster player, a prospect and a draft pick in exchange for Kesler. That roster player would likely by Derek Stepan. (NY Post)
- It is expected that Vancouver is searching for a first round pick as part of the Kesler, 29, package. (PHT)
- The Canucks are looking for someone who is 25-years old and already playing 18 minutes a night. (Pierre LeBrun on TSN 690)
- Craig Button said that he would ask for a young premier offensive player in return for Kesler. (TSN)
- “Kesler trade would be good for all. Kesler to Cup contender, and VAN getting two sub-26 players. Or one exceptional one-plus. Win-win.” (Marc Spector)
“I think Kesler is more likely to get traded and he would be a game changer. He is the game changer at this deadline. If someone like Chicago was able to get Kesler as their second center, well that shifts the balance really quickly.” (James Duthie with TSN’s Gareth Wheeler)
Kesler is signed for two-more seasons after this one at $5 million per.
Adam Rotter: Kesler, when healthy, provides exactly what the Rangers need if they want to take a run at the Bruins or Penguins in the playoffs. He is big, physical, agitating and can score. The key though with Kesler is his health. He is already banged up with a hand injury and is closing in on 30. The style he plays, similar to Ryan Callahan, is all-out all the time and that can take a toll.