The goal of the Vancouver Canucks is trade centre Ryan Kesler by Wednesday’s 12 p.m. PST trade deadline, according to TVA Sports’s Renaud Lavoie.
If the right deal doesn’t come to fruition, the Canucks will hold on to Kesler and trade him at the end of the season.
The Canucks goal is to trade Ryan Kesler next week but not for cheap. If the right offer doesn’t come, he’ll finish the season in Vancouver.
— Renaud Lavoie (@LavoieRenaud) March 2, 2014
The Pittsburgh Penguins are believed to be “very interested” in Kesler and on the list of teams the centre is willing to accept to be traded to.
If the Canucks want another centre back and one that can anchor their second line, chances are they will have to wait until the end of the season. When was the last time a hockey trade was made at the trade deadline involving marquee players?
The deadline is when teams make aggressive moves and overpay in an attempt to make the playoffs or to put their team ‘over the top’ for a Stanley Cup (like the St. Louis Blues did with the acquisition of Ryan Miller and Steve Ott). It’s a time when they gamble on prospects in an attempt to better their team.
If the Canucks are content throwing in the towel this season and trading Kesler for prospects and picks, then we can trade happening by Wednesday. Otherwise, I think the Canucks hold on to Kesler until the offseason when they have a better chance at making a trade that will bring back another roster of similar stature.