In 2006, the Flyers were looking to make a splash and acquire young talent. A trade you say? Nah. General manager Bob Clarke went a different route and signed young Canuck center Kesler to a one-year, $1.9 million offer sheet, the first offer sheet signed in seven years at that point.
The Vancouver Canucks quickly matched the offer and the rest is history. Kesler has had five seasons of 21+ goals including 41 goals and 32 assists in 2010-11 and returns tonight as a Canuck along with former Flyers Tom Sestito and Andrew Alberts.
Kesler told The Province that he does think highly of the Flyers saying the Flyers "want a winning organization and will do anything to get that." He also said that the Flyers "thought a lot of me early on and that meant a lot to me."
I would've loved to see Kesler in orange and black but it is what it is. Tonight we'll see what could've been as Vancouver visits the Wells Fargo Center to take on the Flyers at 7:00 pm.
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