Mar 2, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler (17) during the second period in the Heritage Classic hockey game against the Ottawa Senators at BC Place. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks' Ryan Kesler "Never Requested A Trade" Says Kevin Bieksa

Vancouver Canucks centre Ryan Kesler “never requested a trade,” according to teammate Kevin Bieksa.

Bieksa appeared on CBC’s After Hours segment after the Canucks defeated the Calgary Flames 2-1 on Saturday and was asked about his thoughts on the Kesler situation.

“There was a lot of hearsay and rumours going around,” he said. “I don’t think many people really know the whole story.

“Talking with [Kesler], he never requested a trade, so we’re happy he’s still here. He’s happy he’s still here. He’s a huge part of this team and going forward we’re really going to need him.”

Kesler trade rumours became rampant following the Olympic break and a trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins was apparently close.

Reports say the Canucks had a deal to send 29-year-old centre to the Penguins in exchange for a package that included Brandon Sutter before being quashed by owner Francesco Aquilini.

Interesting times ahead in Vancouver.

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