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Why Would Kesler Want To Leave Vancouver?

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.


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RockWestfall711's avatar

Could it be he doesn’t want to spend the rest of his career making paint dry for Torts?

Nobody is better copy than Torts but that is countered by his teams being the most unwatchable eye sore bores in the NHL.

Posted by RockWestfall711 from Las Vegas on 02/27/14 at 09:18 AM ET

Primis's avatar

I firmly believe it is ingrained in Kesler to eventually have all 30 fanbases hate him.  That would somehow be victory for him.

Posted by Primis on 02/27/14 at 09:47 AM ET

Navarath's avatar

He has maxed out all of the opportunities for interviewing bombing in the Vancouver area. He needs to branch out and hit a larger market to become a world sensation.

But, you really don’t have to put much thought into this. The local press and Torts. That’s gotta be it.

Posted by Navarath on 02/27/14 at 10:43 AM ET

shanetx's avatar

.  But, you really don’t have to put much thought into this. The local press and Torts. That’s gotta be it.

And he can see the writing on the wall.  The Sedin’s are probably (just slightly) on the downslope.  They are just a bit less capable than they were and everyone knows what they do well enough to counter.  If they are 65-75 point players instead of 80-100 can the team be as good?  Who picks up the slack?

Kesler is too brittle, Edler may be a basket case, Hamhuis is good but not that type of guy.  Burrows? LUONGO?

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 02/27/14 at 11:50 AM ET

awould's avatar

Question: Why Would Kesler Want To Leave Vancouver?

Answer: To have a chance at winning a Stanley Cup.

Posted by awould on 02/27/14 at 01:10 PM ET

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