Trading Ryan Kesler not unthinkable for Canucks

We’ll know that Daniel and Henrik Sedin are the identical faces of the franchise when the Vancouver Canucks are known universally for their talent, professionalism, humility and candour. Until then, it’s Ryan Kesler’s team.

It’s not like Kesler doesn’t also possess those noble traits, especially since humility made a late charge to the front of the pack on Tuesday when the Canuck centre discussed his National Hockey League season gone wrong.

But just as Kesler is the Canucks’ catalyst — the straw that stirs the non-fat, soy chai latte — so is he the antagonist whose reputation largely colours the team’s reputation, too.

His impact on this organization, on the ice and off, is impossible to overstate. Exhibit A is the decline of the Canucks’ game when Kesler tried to play through injuries the last two playoff series, including the five-and-out loss to the Los Angeles Kings in the opening round of this Stanley Cup tournament.

It stands to reason, then, no move would so instantly transform and rebrand the Canucks as trading Kesler.

We’re not advocating dumping the elite two-way centre, who gets to keep the Selke Trophy another couple of months.

But trading their core player is not as unthinkable as it once seemed, given the season Kesler had, a no-trade clause in his contract that kicks in before next season, and the potential benefits to the Canucks of a multi-player windfall and the renewal of their image.

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66 Responses to Trading Ryan Kesler not unthinkable for Canucks

  1. reinjosh says:

    Teams overpay for players all the time. Chicago did it with Campbell and it brought them a cup. Philly did it with Bryz and Briere and it's paid off well. Paying a little bit more for him will not hurt us. It's not going to be an issue. 5.5 million for Grabovski is not the atrocity your making it out to be. Stop being an idiot. There are far, far, far, far worse deals in the league. The difference between the 5.5 million and the 4 to 4.5 million you'd likely be fine with is nothing. It's a friggin million or million and a half dollars. It's not going to hurt us. He's playing at a top 30 offensive level for centers and play with the heart of a lion every game. You can't ask for much more (clearly though you're hard to please. From what I've gather you want a 6 foot 6 guy making 2 million dollars a year, who doesn't ever give up the puck and scores a PPG). 

  2. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Wang would love to clear that cap and would rather pay a player like Komisarek for 2 years…Salary drops to 3.5 million, cap 4.5 (so hes getting paid less then he's worth) and he's a defencemen (most of theirs are in free agency and they have not many D prospects coming up).

    Better then paying DiPietro, a guy who has barely played, for 11 more years. A contract that we could bury, injury or if he's a half decent goalie again.

    I know Burke hates those contracts…But hell, a player of Nino's calibre or Okposo would be probably be coming back so I think its worth it.

  3. TheLeafNation91 says:

    You're pretty much referring to the type of players I want as players on St. Louis, Boston, or LA.

    Those are not bad teams eh?

  4. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Ian Esplen (Canucks on hockeybuzz) in his blog is convinced the Blue Jackets will trade Nash to Toronto at the draft for the 5th overall pick, Grabovski, and Schenn.

    He believes this deal will occur because Grabo did not sign his contract with a NTC or NMC.

    I don't like the deal, hate it…But I do believe this will happen because Burke is desperate for playoff actions.

    The only logical lines I could think of was too call up Colborne and Kadri to play center:


    I don't like Kadri playing center…But it makes sense…And hopefully Kulemin/Lupul would make up for his horrible defence/giveaways.

    Would you then trade MacArthur and hopefully get into the 10-20 range and draft a guy like Gaunce or Zigmensons.

  5. MystifoLeafs says:

    Isle fans would hate it. I know they want a arm and a leg for Nino and the 4th overall is only being moved for a true top 4 defender who is young. While Wang would love it the fan base would go crazy.

  6. TheLeafNation91 says:

    That's why I was thinking about throwing in MaCarthur.

    They would not like it…But they A) don't have bad offensive prospects, they're actually not that bad and B) Komisarek would be more valuable to them than the Leafs.

    As well…By eliminating the DiPietro contract, they are free to spend more money as a franchise in players that will be valuable to them. That contract is hurting that franchise more then we or the fan base thinks.

  7. reinjosh says:

    Cancucks blogger on Hockeybuzz? Something tells me that he may have pulled that out of his ass. 

    I don't like the idea at all. It's way to much to give up for Nash. Going with two rookies for two of the top three centers? That's a great way to run into issues. And like it or not, Colborne is less ready for a top 6 role than Kadri is. I'm fine having come into the the 3rd line role and growing from there but he needs to work on his offensive consistency. 
    If we're going with Colborne/Kadri/Bozak as our top 3 (in whatever order) it's not going to end well. 
  8. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Colborne is less ready offensively…But defensively, he is ahead of Kadri.

    Pretty much Kadri would be able to chip in offensively and be poor defensively.

    While Colborne will be able to be better defensively, but chip in less offensively. But playing with Kessel and Nash would that matter as much? He does not need to do much to contribute offensively. Ask Bozak.

  9. reinjosh says:

    Unfortunately teams with a bottom 6 level center playing on the top line rarely succeed. Colborne on the top line is a quick way to failure and ruining him. It's just a stupid idea. 

  10. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Hey, I'm not the one making the trade proposal.

    But then again, Kadri would be even worse. It would be similar to when Kessel played the position two years ago.

    Just because you're drafted at the position…Some players should not play it in the NHL.

  11. reinjosh says:

    I didn't advocate for either Kadri or Colborne being on the top line. Stop putting words in my mouth. 

  12. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I'm just saying what your words are "suggesting".

    Make it less suggestive…And were good.

  13. reinjosh says:

    Didn't even make it suggestive. Rookie in the top line center spot is a bad idea. I even said in above comment Kadri plays wing. 

  14. mojo19 says:

    Thanks to Carlyle. Not thanks to Lu.

    I would rather do this:
    First option: Try to land the rights to Vokoun before July 1st to get the jump on him. Trading for a pending UFA should be less expensive than trading for a star who may become available like Tim Thomas or Mikka Kiprusoff, or someone like that. And with Holtby looking so promising, Vokoun will probably be let go. Also on CBC and TSN they mentioned that Vokoun approached the Leafs last summer before Burke turned him down. Wouldn't mind revisiting that now.
    2: If Vokoun can't be had I would look at the star goalies available through trade. Kipper and Thomas are the standouts who may be available. There's talk about Backstrom in Minny being maybe available. 
    3. If we can't get any of those guys I would rather just try to sign a veteran UFA back up like a Marty Biron, or Johan Hedberg, and then roll the dice that Reimer's neck injury/concussion is a thing of the past and that he can return to form.
    After those 3 options fail, I would consider trading for Lu if its later in the summer, and Vancouver is unable to get what they're looking for back from anyone making the price change. In this case I wouldn't mind seeing Lu come to Toronto.
  15. TmLeafan says:

    I  am with you on this one I think Stewart would be a good pickup.  He would fit in perfectly on our second line, and hes from Toronto so he should be pumped to play here. I don`t know what would get it done in a trade maybe something centred around Gunnarson.

    Also really like what Philly is done, I think they got a steal in Couturier I can`t believe the Flyers got him picking 8th, a big Centre who is skilled and can skate I would love to have him on the Leafs.
  16. mojo19 says:

    Haha, oh man, Kadri and Colborne as our top 2 centres… yikes. I think Bozak and Connolly would equate to the same general results. 

    Not liking that at all. I really hope Burke doesn't trade his 5th overall pick unless its to move up, or *Maybe* to move down a spot or 2 and grab another asset. 

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