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More Kesler discussion: regarding Penguins interest and his ‘list of preferred destinations’

I would prefer to leave things be, especially given that Paul already noted the Vancouver Province's Ed Willes' take on the subject...

But there are times that internet chatter drives you to post an article, and in this case, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Rossi's confirmation that the Penguins are hot on Ryan Kesler's trail merits mentioning...

Vancouver center Ryan Kesler is being pursued aggressively by Penguins general manager Ray Shero, multiple sources told the Tribune-Review on Saturday.

A proposed deal would send Kesler to the Penguins in exchange for center Brandon Sutter, two 2014 draft picks — likely a first- and third-round — and the Canucks' choice of defensemen Simon Despres or Brian Dumoulin, the sources said.

It is possible the deal could involve another Canucks and Penguins player, but Shero was looking only to acquire Kesler, the sources said.

And while I can't quote all of Rossi's article, noting of Olympic ties between Kesler, U.S. Olympic team coach Dan Bylsma and consultant/Pens GM Ray Shero included, you may take this for what you will...

Kesler has a no-trade clause, but the Penguins are atop his list of preferred destinations because he wants to play for a Cup contender and grew to respect Bylsma, assistant coach Tony Granato and Shero during the Olympics, the sources said.

Kesler, who has publicly denied his reported request for a trade, wants next to play for a U.S.-based team in the Easter time zone — though he is intrigued by possibly joining Chicago, which has emerged as the Penguins' challenger for his services, the sources said.

Aside from the Penguins and Blackhawks, Kesler also would accept trades to Philadelphia and Detroit, the sources said.

Because TSN's Bob McKenzie helped set the compensation record straight:

I live in Southeastern Michigan, so I've been hearing the, "Kesler obviously wants to come to Detroit!" chatter for a bit now, and if I were to try to give "comparables" given that the Wings don't have a "significant/established" NHL center between 20 and 25, I'd say...

The price would involve something like Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar and Anthony Mantha and a first-round pick. Which is nuts, at least for Detroit.

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abdelkader, andersson, van’s pick of any GR d-man (maybe protect 1 or 2 of them), 2014 3rd.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 03/02/14 at 01:36 AM ET

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I’m not even sure why Kesler would be interested in the Wings. It’s not hometown ties. Word is he was the cool kid that like the team everyone loved to hate growing up, AKA the Avalanche during the height of the 90s rivalry.

The above average interested fan knows Detroit doesn’t need another forward (well, more scoring can’t hurt to make the playoffs) but a 2-4 defenseman is what the Wings really need. (I only say 2 because getting someone better than Kronner, while what we may really need to win it all, will cost so much we have no future after this season for a number of years.)


Are fans and readers of these “reports” so dumb to think a skilled NHLer doesn’t see the same problem? I think Alfie got on board between the Swede vibe and a lucky run in the playoffs last year. And the money. Good signing for Holland, cup chances, I’m a downer on that side at this point.

Posted by psionedge on 03/02/14 at 02:18 AM ET

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The above average interested fan knows Detroit doesn’t need another forward (well, more scoring can’t hurt to make the playoffs) but a 2-4 defenseman is what the Wings really need. (I only say 2 because getting someone better than Kronner, while what we may really need to win it all, will cost so much we have no future after this season for a number of years.)


Are fans and readers of these “reports” so dumb to think a skilled NHLer doesn’t see the same problem?


I’d argue that the above-average fan knows Detroit needs more top six forwards, just as they have since Hossa left, even if a 2-4 defenseman is what they really, really need. 

I’m not even sure why Kesler would be interested in the Wings. It’s not hometown ties. Word is he was the cool kid that like the team everyone loved to hate growing up, AKA the Avalanche during the height of the 90s rivalry.

Kesler was 12 in 1996.  Don’t you think he maybe it’s a good idea to allow for the chance he has changed since he was twelve years old?  I’m sure we all knew a kid growing up who rooted for a local team’s rival just because.  I grew up in west texas and one of my friend’s was all of a sudden a die hard Philadelphia Eagles fan (in-division rival with the Dallas Cowboys).  I don’t exactly hold that against him now because… well, I’m a reasonable human being.  Why would we hold this against Kesler?  That’s pretty nutty, man.  But it’s not hard to see why these kids, like him or my friend Eric, go for the rival.  It’s partly a desire to be different, partly just a rebellious stir-shit-up mentality, and there’s always the chance they could have completely different motives.  Here’s one for you:  The Avalanche were a hot new team in 1995.  Cool new colors, cool new uniforms, and obviously talented to boot with a few guys whose games were extremely, extremely aesthetically pleasing.  Kesler was 11 and kids are notorious front-runners.  I expect there would be a ton of 5-12 year old Winnipeg Jets fans out there if, you know, the Jet’s had any expectations of being good or semi-decent players to root for.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 03/02/14 at 11:35 AM ET

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If Kesler was interested in going to a “Cup Contender”, then why would he want to go to Detroit? That part is plainly BOGUS! In addition I wouldn’t categorize Philly a “Cup Contender” as well!

Posted by Joe on 03/02/14 at 01:14 PM ET

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abdelkader, andersson, van’s pick of any GR d-man (maybe protect 1 or 2 of them), 2014 3rd.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 03/02/14 at 12:36 AM ET

You have to think about it from Vancouver’s perspective. For a team that believes it’s window has (temporarily) slammed shut, Justin Abdelkaider does absolutely nothing for them. Could someone like the Wild use him? Probably. The Canucks, no way.

George is right I think. They’d want Nyquist, probably Mantha and a first. I’m not a wings fan, but I wouldn’t like that idea if I was.

Frankly, Holland should be acquiring about the Sedins. Not Kesler.

Posted by larry on 03/02/14 at 05:51 PM ET

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