ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports the Flyers are among a number of teams that are interested in Canucks forward Ryan Kesler. LeBrun also adds that the Flyers are interested in Alex Edler, who fits the Flyers' pressing need of a top-pairing defenseman.
Edler, who turns 28 in April, has five goals and 10 assists in 45 games so far this season. The 6'4", 220 lbs. defenseman signed a six-year, $30 million contract prior to this season so he is locked up through the 2018-19 season with a cap hit of $5 million.
Kesler, 29, was a target of the Flyers back in 2006 when they signed the young center to a $1.9 million offer sheet but the Canucks ultimately matched. The 6'2", 202 lbs. center has 20 goals and 18 assists in 60 games this season. He has topped the 20-goal mark in every 82-game season dating back to 2007-08. He is signed through 2015-16 with a $5 million cap hit.
I would absolutely love to see both of these guys in a Flyers uniform but it will take a haul to pry each one away from Vancouver, let along both. If I were general manager Paul Holmgren, I would focus most of my time and effort on Edler who fits a need. Kesler would be nice but the team has a plethora of centers.
A deal for either would likely begin at Brayden Schenn and go from there.
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