Buzz: What it costs to get Ryan Kesler (Updates)

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.




12 comments
rock316nyj
rock316nyj

I like Stepan but don't see him ever being a superstar. For the next few seasons I say Kesler gives us a better chance at a cup than Stepan does. For me, it depends on the prospect and draft pick. Are we talking a first and Miller or a mid round pick and lesser prospect. If its the latter than I think we should pull the trigger. 


Then, in a complete fantasy, we get St Louis for Hagelin, a !st round pick, and top/good prospect.


THAT is a cup contender

Marc Marsella
Marc Marsella

Get Kesler for Stepan, re-sign Cally and G at fair deals, and we got a shot here. 

Jimmy Passadino
Jimmy Passadino

Hes a great player but he is hurt often and not a spring chicken in the hockey world.

They will want Step + more. I say pass.

cole3244
cole3244

this sounds like one of those some of the best trades made are the ones not completed responses and i concur.

Ed Zambrano
Ed Zambrano

He would be a great addition if they could somehow convince Vancouver to take a package centered around Brassard.  The dude can flat out play.  He can score, he can defend and he's a monster on the draw.

Bryan Soto
Bryan Soto

i thought kessler said he would rather then go to jail then  play for AV again lol

haven
haven

WE WANT KESLER"! WE WANT KESLER! 

Thats too much though.

Glen, work your magic if you still got any left and talk the Nucks down to Stepan and a 1st rounder for Kes.

asfjr
asfjr

i wouldn't move Stepan for him, but i would consider something like Brassard, Hrvik and a middle round pick, although i'd be hesitant to break up that line (Brass/Pouliot/Zucc).


Doubt that would be enough for Vancouver.


Almost forgot - i'd also include Bickel just so Torts can dress him, play him 3 shifts and 1:35 and then stick him on the end of the bench.   gotta keep him happy too

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

"It is believed that Vancouver is asking for a roster player, a prospect and a draft pick in exchange for Kesler."

If that statement above is true; that's too much for Kesler as is 30 years old and most likely on the downside of his career.

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@Ed Zambrano  I agree, but it would be tough to convince Vancouver to do this. Brassard's contract is up after this year, and while he will only be a RFA, there is some uncertainty as to how much they would have to pay to retain him.


I'm not sure that a package of Brassard, Kristo/Hrivik/Fast, and a 1st round pick gets it done.

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@Michael Stewart  Although I must say, Kesler's contract is pretty attractive especially if he could stay healthy.

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@Michael Stewart  I agree. The Rangers are not in a position to be acquiring a player like Kesler at that cost and at this point in his career. 


I am very high on JT Miller. While his ceiling may not be as high as Kesler was in his prime, starting next season and moving forward, Miller can bring a lot of the same things to the table at a much lower cost than Kesler. Slotting Miller in as our number 2 or 3 center would also allow us to keep our number 1 center (Stepan) and a high draft pick.