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Turns Out Ryan Kesler Didn’t Want to Be a Flyer Anyway

Kyle Scott - March 12, 2014

Photo credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Hey, remember that time last week when everyone thought it was funny Ryan Kesler turned down a trade to the Rangers because he totally wanted to go to the Flyers or Penguins and partake in one of the greatest rivalries in sports, the Battle of Pennsylvania?

Yeah no.

He didn’t. He didn’t want to play for the Orange and Black, according to Elliotte doube-l double-t Friedman’s 30 Thoughts for CBC:

2. Canuck rumour II: That ownership blocked Gillis from trading Ryan Kesler at the deadline. Verdict: Don’t believe it. As mentioned above, Aquilini was well aware of the GM’s plans. It would not be the least bit surprising if an interested team or two told Vancouver it could be involved at the draft, but not now, for cap reasons. Also, when Kesler said no to Columbus, the Rangers and Philadelphia, the Canucks may have pulled back because they didn’t like the situation.

3. It is believed the six teams to which Kesler would accept a deal at the deadline were Anaheim, Chicago, Colorado, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay. Only two — the Ducks and Penguins — were really in it, though.

Oh. So it turns out the whole thing where the Flyers showed interest was actually just the Canucks using the Flyers to drive up the price on Kessler, who perhaps wouldn’t have accepted a trade to Philadelphia because, well, maybe he’s seen the sort of thing Paul Holmgren does to star players who are under contract.

But that’s OK, because I actually like the Flyers squad as is currently assembled. Good enough to compete in the playoffs… and that’s all you can really ask.

UPDATE: I should probably clarify that last part. I wasn’t poking fun at Type OB Flyers fans. I genuinely like the current squad. There’s no reason to trade, say, Brayden Schenn for someone like Kesler. They look like a very good young team right now. Very impressive. They’re probably not Cup contenders this year anyway, so why disrupt a good thing? It’s been done too many times. Stick with it and they might have something. Really.

via Broad Street Hockey

Ryan Kesler, Not a Rangers Fan

Kyle Scott - March 5, 2014

Photo credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

You know what, if the Flyers are going to be the Flyers and disrupt a good thing to go championship chasing again, Ryan Kesler might be the guy to do it for, mostly because of this:


Of course, at this time of year there are all sorts of rumors about who said this and who said that, but Dreger is as solid as it comes. Reports yesterday said Kesler would accept a trade to Pittsburgh or Philadelphia. The Flyers are probably just trying to drive the price up on the Penguins, but stay tuned.

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

Kyle Scott - March 4, 2014

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.