Mar 29, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler (17) skates against the Anaheim Ducks during the third period at Rogers Arena. The Anaheim Ducks won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ryan Kesler Wants Deal to Chicago or Pittsburgh

Trade talk will certainly be swirling over the Vancouver Canucks in the coming weeks.

According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun and Fansided’s own Satchel Price, Canucks’ forward Ryan Kesler has reportedly listed the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins as the only teams he’d be willing to go to.

Kesler, 29, has a no-trade clause, which puts Vancouver in a pickle given the limited teams he’d waive it to be shipped off to. Although he’s provided them with just two teams, a deal to Pittsburgh could eventually come to fruition.

Last March, then general manager Ray Shero was heavily involved in discussions with the Canucks’ front office regarding Kesler, per Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. And according to Rossi, Pittsburgh was offering Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin or Simon Despres, and two draft picks (first and third).

However, now that Pittsburgh has a new GM (Jim Rutherford), it remains to be seen if he’ll rekindle those trade talks Shero insinuated. Rutherford spoke admirably of Brandon Sutter, and Kesler’s a center, so there may be not motivation to chase him, considering Sutter was the main piece in the original proposed deal.

Sutter was traded by Rutherford when he was the GM in Carolina, but stated he wasn’t a player he wanted to deal, per Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. So, to say it isn’t possible Rutherford would part ways with Sutter is irrational. Nonetheless, would he again? Probably not. Especially after Sutter’s phenomenal postseason this past May.

Vancouver themselves also has a different GM from when Shero was pursuing Kesler, so, perhaps, Pittsburgh could play into Kesler’s demands and offer a smaller package. The only reason I’m suggesting Pittsburgh would be a better fit than Chicago is because the ‘Hawks have a worse cap situation than the Pens.

Draft day and Jul. 1 will be the times to see if Pittsburgh intends to add Kesler or not, for sure.

In 77 games last season, Kesler compiled 43 points (25G, 18A) and skated to a minus-15 rating.

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