Not to be outdone by the reports that Martin St. Louis wants out of Tampa Bay, Vancouver turned up the drama in a big way Wednesday, yielding a stunning trade request of their own.
According to Louis Jean of TVA, Ryan Kesler has requested a trade from the Vancouver Canucks.
With the playoffs coming up, every contending team could use a guy like that, and with the cap going up, Kesler's contract, with two years remaining at $5 million apiece, is manageable.
But we're getting ahead of ourselves. Is the report true?
Not according to Kesler's agent, Kurt Overhardt.
Mike Gillis denied it as well, at least to some. To others, he said things, like, "I'm not going to debate whether the report is accurate or not," which means yes.
But there's another thing working against a Kesler trade: his hand injury.
When Kesler returned from Sochi, the Canucks learned that their second-line center may have been playing with broken fingers, suffered early in the tournament.
Magically, it was an injury he was able to play through in Russia, but when he got home, no longer. Considering Henrik Sedin stayed home from the tournament to recover from an injury, so he'd be ready to help the Canucks fight for a playoff spot, it's hard to argue that Kesler has the same priorities. It's even harder if he really said what Jason Botchford of the Province has reported he was overheard saying in Sochi:
“I hope my hand isn’t broken because that would impact my trade.”
Apparently all is not well out there in Montreal West. Torts already wearing out his welcome with at least one of his players? Stay tuned....
Yeah Torts might really be digging his own professional grave here. I don't know if the request is Torts-related, but I do know that he's screwed if blue collar leaders (like Callahan and Kesler) are even starting to tune him out.
Didn't Chara hurt his hand in the 2010 Olympics? Although he came back and kept playing so not exactly the same.
Anyone pick up on the commentary last night about Marty St Louis wanting out of Tampa? The talking heads implied that it was a temper tantrum over the Olympics but that doesn't sound St Louis like-but I can see him wanting out if he wasn't happy with the coach/GM wrt Tampa.
Bet they could get somebody to over pay at the deadline for him but trading him now would IMO shoot their cup aspirations in the foot.
Christ, even lowly Islanders without Tavares badly outshoot Leafs 35-22..Someone PLEASE explain to me how the Leafs have such a good record. If they were getting bad goaltending, they'd be close to the bottom of the league..Not that its Leafs cause I don't hate them but I do hate teams consistently playing bad and somehow winning!! Leafs did lose in OT