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Has Ryan Kesler’s Market Value Gone Down Due To His Latest Injury?

from David Ebner of the Globe and Mail,

In the incredible decline of the Vancouver Canucks, the fate of Ryan Kesler’s right knee is suddenly central to the team’s future.

Kesler was injured Wednesday night in Winnipeg and is returning to Vancouver to have his right knee assessed with an MRI.

The Canucks – who have in record time gone from a contender in a slump to a franchise rebuilding – had tried to trade the 29-year-old star forward last week at the NHL trade decline but turned down deals. A Kesler trade was imagined as the pivot point to overhaul the team in one swoop but offers fell short of the Canucks’s desire for a player, prospect and draft pick. Kesler, agitated at Vancouver’s poor prospects, wanted to move to a potential winner – and after last week’s no deal attention turned towards a transaction at the draft.

Now, however, regardless of the severity of the Kesler’s knee injury, the Canucks have been dealt a big blow. If teams weren’t willing to pile the table high with offerings ahead of this year’s playoffs for healthy Kesler, it seems available deals won’t be better in late June at the draft, two months before Kesler’s 30th birthday on Aug. 31.

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Can’t say I feel any sympathy for them. If they had truly wanted to trade him, they could have. They wanted two roster players, the best prospect the Wings have had in 25 years, AND their first round pick. Insane. Mike Gillis should be fired for bringing this all on himself.

Posted by teldar on 03/13/14 at 04:14 PM ET

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The Can’tnucks will still trade him. If his value is lowered, it’s classic Gillis. He should get fired for what happened with Luongo and Schneider (both now gone) and what he received in return, in total. He overplayed his hand there. May happen again with Kesler…

Posted by VitoLambruski on 03/13/14 at 05:06 PM ET

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Yeah, Vito.
I’m sure they will try to trade him again, but as we saw with Columbus, overvalued stars should be traded at the deadline, not the draft. The BJs could have gotten half again the return for Nash had their GM not had his head up his ass at the trade deadline. See also Snow, Garth for the way NOT to trade away highly valued UFA’s in a fire sale.

Posted by teldar on 03/13/14 at 06:21 PM ET

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