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from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
You could probably kill an hour or two guessing reasons why Kesler would want out.
So, take your pick.
There was former head coach Alain Vigneault calling him out for not using his wingers enough. There was Vigneault suggesting a serious shoulder injury wasn’t all that serious, and wasn’t the reason for his diminished production.
There have been ongoing plans to make him a winger.
Back in October his new head coach said he viewed Kesler’s future as a winger. There was Kesler getting stripped of his “A.” There was the Canucks inability to find him high quality wingers to play with.
There is the possibility he thinks the Vancouver market is overly critical of his play. That’s something he’s suggested more than once, even in Sochi when he was asked about the big deal people were making of all the ice time he was accumulating this season.
“A lot of people in Vancouver make a lot of everything,” he told reporters in Russia.
There are certain names that our Hockey Insiders have been talking about for months, Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson. But the most intriguing names as we head towards TradeCentre are the most recent ones - Martin St. Louis and Ryan Kesler. Let's start with the latter. What are the real chances that Kesler gets dealt by the Canucks?
Bob 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.
more plus Martin St. Louis and Andrei Markov talk...
Remember the shot Ryan Kesler took to his hand in Sochi?
from Michael Drapack of CBC,
The National Hockey League refused to give Steve Moore $220,000 in a disability payment unless he dropped his civil suit against Todd Bertuzzi and the Vancouver Canucks, new court documents allege.
As well, a new motion was filed to compel former Canucks owner John McCaw Jr. to testify at the trial scheduled to start in September in Ontario Superior Court in Toronto.
Moore is seeking $38 million dollars in damages resulting from the March 8, 2004 on-ice incident. Bertuzzi, the Canucks and Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment, owner of the NHL team, are named.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
The Canucks ticked off seven straight losses to stagger into the Olympic break. They are in 10th place in the Western Conference, 1 point behind No. 8 Dallas. The Canucks might have to get familiar with this type of gear-grinding.
Injuries have rocked the Canucks. The pre-break limpers included Henrik Sedin, Kevin Bieksa, Dan Hamhuis, Chris Tanev, Mike Santorelli, and Andrew Alberts.
But good teams absorb injuries. Good players pull the rope. Depth players assume bigger roles. Pittsburgh, Anaheim, Boston, and Tampa Bay have been banged up. They’re still among their conferences’ best. The Canucks are graying at the wrong time. The Sedins are 33. Their four-year extensions start next season. Their most productive days are over.
That wouldn’t be a problem if the Canucks had young players rising, layers to their roster structure, and flexibility to make deals. Entry-level players such as Jordan Schroeder and Zack Kassian aren’t consistent NHL players yet. Bo Horvat, Hunter Shinkaruk, and Brendan Gaunce, their top prospects, are teenagers.
more plus additional topics...
from Jordan Bowman and Wyatt Arndt of the Vancouver Province,
...the roster is comprised of some NHL players who, as Canucks fans, we are used to hating (a Boston Bruin is on the team!). So, in the spirit of national unity, here is how we talk about each player during the season, and how we will talk about him during the Olympic tournament.
During the season: Not a biggame player at all. He played more than 700 games before making it to the playoffs. What a loser.
During the Olympics: Playoffs take such a physical toll on a player's body, so it's great to have Bouwmeester. He's 30, but has the body of an 18-year-old.
During the season: Captain Serious? More like Captain Overrated.
During the Olympics: We respect how Toews is embracing the sombre stereotype of the host country, Russia!
Pacioretty missed on two penalty shots last night within a span of under three minutes.
via AftonBladet (link not translated),
In the midst of chaos game against Calgary was forced Henrik Sedin leave the ice . It turned out that the star suffered a rib injury.
It kept him out of action for two weeks, but on February 4, in a game against Detroit did "Henke" comeback .
Happy news - which only lasted three days.
Now comes the nightmare news for Tre Kronor:
Henrik Sedin miss the Olympics.
Star the Centre rib injury does not heal and late Thursday, he left the news.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
Consider for a moment if this team could, for argument’s sake, get into the running for a player like Thomas Vanek. Re: a winger who could score and would have a chance of playing well with the twins in their years to come in this uniform.
That would give this team a sniper to play with the Sedins, something they’ve never had before, something to actually encourage them as they head into the twilight of their careers. Then you would have Ryan Kesler centring a second line with Zack Kassian and Alex Burrows or Chris Higgins, depending upon who was playing better. Bo Horvat would centre the third line with Higgins or Burrows and Hansen with Tom Sestito to start whatever you’re doing with your fourth line.
With a Vanek-like figure likely only available through the trade route, you would at least lose one of the major figures on the back end, and likely more. But if they were able to pull off something like that you could see at least some semblance of a competitive team remaining in this town.
Granted, GM Mike Gillis’ track record in the trade department hasn’t been great, and a major move like this would be difficult to bring about. But changes must come to this team, and the trade deadline just might turn out to be a better time than the draft to try to make such a move in a league where trades of any significance are few and far between.
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