TSN's Darren Dreger reports on Insider Trading that Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler still wants out of Vancouver despite new general manager Jim Benning firing head coach John Tortorella. Kesler has a list of six teams in which he would accept a trade and Dreger mentions the Philadelphia Flyers and Anaheim Ducks are on the list.
In the spring the Flyers were thought to be in hot pursuit of Kesler heading down the stretch. It was reported the Flyers made a "substantial offer" for the center.
Kesler, who turns 30 in August, 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 scored 25 goals and added 18 assists for 43 points in 77 games last season for the Canucks.
He has topped the 20-goal mark in every 82-game season dating back to 2007-08 including his career-high 41 in 2010-11 when he took home the Frank J. Selke Trophy. He is signed through 2015-16 with a $5 million cap hit.
The asking price for the Canucks is not just future assets but someone who can step in right now and play, preferably a center. They are a natural trading partner with the Flyers who have a surplus of centers on their roster and in their organization.
Personally, the last thing I think the Flyers need is a 30-year-old center with a $5 million cap hit. I love Ryan Kesler as a player but he doesn't fit what the Flyers need unless they can unload Vinny Lecavalier. There has been no indication from the Flyers that they are interested in a deal for Kesler but if they were to show interest, it seems like Kesler would be interested in Philadelphia.
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