The Flyers are Interested in Trading for Ryan Kesler Because They’re Required By Law to Be Interested in Blockbuster Trades

Photo credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Excellent report by Frank Seravalli in the Daily News this morning.

Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler, who has a full no-trade clause, is on the market. The Penguins are seemingly the favorite to get him, but they now consider the Flyers and Blackhawks as their main competitors.

Two sources told Seravalli that the Flyers have made a “substantial offer,” one that likely includes Brayden Schenn and many other moving parts.

Kesler reportedly hasn’t requested a trade, but he may be willing to accept one. How might one know that? Oh, well that’s the fun part:

However, a source says former Flyers coach Peter Laviolette was actually among those who became close to Kesler with Team USA at the Olympics and passed on word that he might not be entirely happy in Vancouver.

Kesler, 29, holds the keys in this negotiation with a full no-trade clause. The Penguins are reportedly his first choice destination, with Philadelphia serving as his backup plan. Numerous reports stated Kesler – a Michigan native – is not interested in a trade to another Canadian market.

I read that approximately three times to make sure I was comprehending it correctly– Peter Laviolette supposedly passed on word to the Flyers that Kesler isn’t happy in Vancouver. Huh. I guess you really are a Flyer for life once you work for The Chairman and his overlord bosses.

Kesler is a top two-way forward and has 21 goals and 18 assists this year vs. Schenn’s 16 and 18. But, Schenn is much younger. And cheaper. Kesler has two years left (after this season) on his six-year, $30 million contract– each at $5 million. Schenn will become a restricted free agent this summer, but won’t get anywhere near that much.

Seravalli says that the Flyers would prefer trading Schenn over Sean Couturier, which is good, because if the Flyers trade Sean Couturier, I… will write very bad things about Holmgren.

I don’t know if I’d do anything right now. The Flyers are playing like one of the best teams in hockey since January. Any playoff success they have this year will be considered a bonus. They always mortgage the future for the present and, well, it’s never worked. Trading Schenn and others for Kesler at this point is messing with a good thing. Does it make that good thing better? Maybe. Maybe not. But this seems like as good a year as any to just stay the course, maybe add a small piece or two.

Of course, there’s also the possibility the Flyers are leaking this stuff so Pittsburgh has to give up more for Kesler.

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  • JP March 4, 2014 at 9:24 am

    If they didn’t move Schenn or Couts for Weber, then they shouldn’t be moved at all. This would be a stupid trade.

  • Drew S March 4, 2014 at 9:45 am

    If the Flyers get Kesler then Snider will finally have bought the Cup he so richly deserves.

    • Mikel March 4, 2014 at 10:05 am

      That’s a joke right? A top 6 foward is the answer for a cup? C’mon maaaaan

      Now, if the Nucks included say, Edler or Hamhuis (the Olympic Gold Medalist we traded for a draft pick), then we’re talking. Offence only needs touching up, a Top 4 D-man should be our focus.

      • Andy Schreiber March 4, 2014 at 10:07 am

        If you read Seravalli’s article he mentions that Edler could be a part of the deal.

      • Slammin Gretzky's Daughter March 4, 2014 at 10:21 am

        Stop it with that Hamhuis bullshit. Get your facts straight. We didn’t actually trade Hamhuis for a pick. It was just a trade of his rights. Holmgren acquired his rights before free agency, but he didn’t agree to a deal here. We then shipped his rights to Pittsburgh for a third round pick. He didn’t sign there either. Hamhuis wasn’t going to sign here and we still got a third round pick out of him. So it’s not like he was under contract with us and we gave him away for pennies. He wasn’t going to sign here despite Holmgren’s efforts to do so. He’s from BC and wanted to play for Vancouver. You can’t force a player to sign with you.

  • Will March 4, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Nice player but he gets hurt too much and won’t push them over the top.

    They should try to unload streit and lecavalier if anybody is interested. Albatross contracts.

    • Rhea Huges Worn Our Twat March 4, 2014 at 10:05 am

      I don’t by he interest here. They need defense.

      • Angelo's Inner Voice March 4, 2014 at 10:49 pm

        Rhea, did you let NovaCare rehab that thing yet?


  • CJ March 4, 2014 at 10:03 am

    I like Kesler but not enough to give up Schenn or Couturier for him. Homer would be a fool (which we already know he is) to give up on either of them just yet, though I’m inclined to think he’s just trying to drastically raise the price for Kesler so the Penguins have to dig deep to get him.

  • Andy Schreiber March 4, 2014 at 10:06 am

    The Flyers have had their eyes on Kesler for years, so I’d say that where there is smoke, there is fire. And if they can add that defenseman that was mentioned in Seravalli’s article, that could be the real difference maker for the Flyers.

    I would really hate to lose Schenn. He seems to be primed for great things in the next year or so.

    Glad that it’s not my job to make these decisions.

  • Lumpy7 March 4, 2014 at 10:16 am

    “The Chairman and his overlord bosses”.
    Must really like that phrase and credit yourself for thinking it up, you use it every time you write about the Flyers. So are you going to hate the Flyers forever because of who owns them? If you can’t draw a distinction between a big greedy despised corp and the local sports team we’ve all supported for years, then why keep writing about them?

    And why are you assuming that trading for Kesler would prove they want a quick-fix for right now? You’re sure they’re not pursuing him (or any player) with a longer-term goal in mind? Jesus dude, how small is the box you think in?

  • CM March 4, 2014 at 10:24 am

    I like Kesler alot but the Flyers dont need anymore scoring. What they do need is a D-man. So if they can pull off a trade for a guy like Edler alone, Id be in. But it would have to be for some prospects only. You CANNOT trade Schenn or Couturier now. Maybe 2 years ago. But not now. What the Flyer s really need to do is get rid of Scott Hartnell. I know he has a NTC. But there has to be a way to get rid of that dead weight and horrendous contract. Did anyone see the game Saturday against the Rangers? 2 separate penalties in 4:05. Thats almost impossible. If we cant get rid of him which is obvious bc no one would take that contract on, he needs to be moved from the top line to the 4th. Theres no reason to not have Raffl on the top line with Giroux and Voracek. If you watch Hartnell play, you see his glaring weaknesses. He cant handle the puck, cant pass, and he can only get goals when he gets a deflection off a slap shot.

    • Rick from Tacony March 4, 2014 at 1:40 pm


  • CM March 4, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Also how in the world could the Penguins afford a guy like Kesler without going over the Cap. Either they have the best GM in the history of the game or something is going on behind the scenes. I mean they give up next to nothing for guys, like Iginla last year

  • Cartman March 4, 2014 at 11:21 am

    I like Brayden, but he’s might turn into what Kesler already is. And I don’t think he’ll be THAT much cheaper than Kesler after this season. Kesler has a very team friendly contract, and Schenn will be signed for within a million of what Kesler is signed for.

    I really only want to do this mainly to keep Kesler out of Pittsburgh. Those three centers would just be unfair.

    I want Edler, too, though.

    B. Schenn, one of L. Schenn/Meszaros/Vinny (please Vancouver take Vinny), one of Haag/Morin/Ghostbear, Cousins and a pick (preferably second round) and I think you can get the deal done for both.

  • Will March 4, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Vinny has a NTC. I think Montreal would be the only place he would go. You never know.

  • I can't wait to see our young talent go win somewhere else. It's like I've seen it before! March 4, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    What the ACTUAL fuck?! Our defense is garbage, especially considering we won’t have Timonen or Meszaros next year. So what if we get another decent defender out of this deal?! It’s still not worth it. There isn’t an upside to this trade considering Schenn is just starting to play well. But hey Homer, If you can sell a couple more jerseys a year while paying a premium for a guy who has marginally better stats… go for it. You obviously know what you’re doing.

  • Chris March 4, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Anytime you have the opportunity to get a player like Kesler, you have to jump on it. Especially when your biding against your biggest, most hated rival. Kesler is a way better two-way player than Schenn, everyone knows the flyers need D, but this will still help. Hopefully they can work something out for Edler too. I’m all for this deal.

  • John Tortellini March 4, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Kesler played under Laviolette AND Bylsma in the Olympics. Funny that its the Pens and Flyers as the frontrunners. Must’ve been some Vancouver bashing going in the USA locker room.

  • RFA March 4, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I like Brayden Schenn but there’s gotta be a reason why he’s still left unsigned so close to becoming a RFA. Either they’re waiting him out or attempting to trade his rights for leverage in a big deal.

  • Sheena Parveen March 4, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Can Hexy please just take over already? I’m so tired of Homer spinning his wheels and running in circles. Not that Hexy will be any better, but surely he knows you don’t build a roster entirely out of two-way centermen. We need a pure goal scoring winger to play on G’s left (JVR for L. Schenn? Really) and a top pairing/top 4 DMan. No exceptions.

  • Sheena Parveen March 4, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Also, Hartsy can lick my balloon knot.

    • Rick from Tacony March 4, 2014 at 1:42 pm


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