http://www.thefourthperiod.com/news/van140226.htmlKESLER ASKS CANUCKS FOR TRADE
The Vancouver Canucks could have a significantly different look by the time the trade deadline passes next week, as forward Ryan Kesler appears to want out.
As first reported by Louis Jean of TVA Sports, Kesler has asked the Canucks to trade him.
Kesler, 29, has two-years left on his contract beyond this season, but owns a no-trade clause and must approve any deal the Canucks try to complete.
TFP has since confirmed that Kesler asked the Canucks to trade him earlier in the season, and it's believed he has submitted a list of teams he will accept a trade to.
It was reported earlier this week that Canucks GM Mike Gillis has been fielding calls for Kesler and shopping defenseman Alexander Edler, who also owns a no-trade clause.
Several teams will have significant interest in Kesler, though many will be kept out of the sweepstakes if they're not on his list of acceptable clubs.
Kesler is battling a hand injury and if it is proven that his hand is broken, the Canucks may not be able to trade him by the March 5 deadline.
If Kesler remains with the Canucks for the remainder of the season, the Canucks will explore a trade in the summer, likely in and around the NHL Draft in late-June.
The Michigan native has played in 60 games with the Canucks this season and has recorded 20 goals and 18 assists for 38 points, along with 63 penalty minutes.
http://www.tsn.ca/tradecentre/story/?id=444757Bob McKenzie: Well it's by no means guaranteed but it is a possibility. The buzz on Kesler is increasing by the day. Now, we should get the disclaimers out of the way. The Vancouver Canucks are not aggressively shopping and trying to trade Ryan Kesler, but I do believe that they're aggressively listening. Keep in mind though that Kesler has got a no-move, no-trade clause, so he's not going anywhere he doesn't want to go. Keep in mind also that he's technically injured right now, he's got a finger injury that might be broken, we're only guessing. The Canucks say he's day-to-day so hopefully that won't come into play. But the question then becomes what would the Canucks have to get back in order to consider trading Kesler? It would obviously be a lot. What they're going to be looking for is to pick up a young centre between the ages of 20-25 who can grow into the role that Kesler is in right now. Somebody that gives you a fighting chance at a reload if not necessarily a rebuild.
So for example, would Kesler be prepared to go back to Ohio - he played at Ohio State University - for the Columbus Blue Jackets? And if he was prepared to do that, would the Blue Jackets give up a young centre like Ryan Johansen? Would the New York Rangers give up Derek Stepan, or someone along those lines? Again, someone who is between 20 and 25 who the Canucks can put in their lineup. If they can find the absolute right fit, and they would have to take some money back on Kesler because in order to make these trades, there's a lot of teams that are capped out and would have a tough time taking his salary - although when you look at his contract it's an awesome contract for that guy. So yeah, it's being considered.
Darren Dreger: Well, there's no shortage of interest in Kesler. When he's healthy and competing with the edge that his reputation has been built on, what not to like about him? But when you talk to general managers who might be nibbling at the edges and might have interest in a player like Kesler, there is some concern. When he's healthy, he does have a history of health issues and he's not as intense and productive as he's been in recent years, so he's not entirely without risk.