The Philadelphia Daily News' Frank Seravalli reports the Flyers have a "substantial offer" on the table for Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler. This coming just days after it was originally reported the Flyers had interest in the 29-year-old Olympian and sent two scouts to watch him play on Friday night.
I don't fully understand the Flyers' need for Kesler at this point. He is a 29-year-old center, who turns 30 in August, that carries a $5 million cap hit for the next two years and is likely going to cost some sort of combination of Brayden Schenn, prospects and draft picks. The Flyers don't need another center on their roster as they currently have too many as it stands.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are in hot pursuit of Kesler and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports the team sees the Flyers as their top competition for the Canucks center. This could be a ploy from Paul Holmgren to drive up the price for Pittsburgh, which would be incredible.
There is also reportedly interest in Kesler's teammate Alex Edler. Edler, who turns 28 in April, would address a pressing need of the Flyers, unlike Kesler. Philadelphia needs a top-pairing defenseman and Edler would provide just that. His price is considered steep as well so we will see if Holmgren can talk Canucks general manager Mike Gillis into parting with edler.
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 21 goals and 18 assists in 62 games this season. He has topped the 20-goal mark in every 82-game season dating back to 2007-08.
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