Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/20/14 at 01:17 PM ET
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Canucks,
For the Canucks to retool this thing and compete in the Pac Division, they need to trade one of their defencemen and also Ryan Kesler.
The organization needs skill and has a pretty significant void right about now with NHL ready prospects.
A Kesler trade at the draft was expected to get the ball rolling. But they just never got an offer they believed was good enough.
Kesler gave the Canucks a list of six teams he’d accept a trade to but the Canucks only found fits with two, Pittsburgh and Anaheim.
The Ducks had the better offer, but the Canucks always wanted Anaheim to pay a premium for trading in the division.
Anaheim had the pick it got from Ottawa on the table, which is No. 10 overall.
Now, if they also had been offering Devante Smith-Pelly, and one other young player, either Emerson Etem or Kyle Palmieri, is that a deal the Canucks would regret not taking?
read on for some Jim Benning talk as the Canucks new GM and some coaching talk too...
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