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Pittsburgh A Good Fit For Ryan Kesler

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

The troubling news for the faithful is Gillis seems intent on hitting a home run with Kesler. That means the proverbial roster player, prospect, first-round draft pick package which the team was seeking for Luongo, and we all know how that turned out. It doesn’t take a leap in logic to imagine the same script — as the noble Lui suggested — playing out with Kesler, and another botched trade would be a massive blow to this organization’s credibility.

But there’s also a slightly different feel about the market conditions this time around. Because the Eastern Conference is a study in mediocrity, virtually every team in a playoff spot can entertain visions of a long playoff run. Kesler, no matter what else he is, could be a difference-maker to those teams and, unlike Luongo, his contract isn’t a deal-breaker.

Of the suitors, Pittsburgh has the look of a potential match. They have the young centre the Canucks would need coming back in Brandon Sutter. They have prospects — hello, Derrick Pouliot. It’s also believed GM Ray Shero is seeking a return to the three-centre configuration (Sidney Crosby, Geno Malkin, Jordan Staal) they employed in their Stanley Cup years.


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@TheJimP19's avatar

Good fit or not, they have some high dollar guys and how do you fit another 5 mill per in there…. plus the return to Nuckville for him would be substantial, and would be a hit on what’s been a depleted prospect base with deals in the past few years…

Posted by @TheJimP19 from transplanted in Nashville on 03/01/14 at 08:56 PM ET

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