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NHL Video: Canucks Talking Kesler and Garrison Trades

Canucks TV going behind-the-scenes. Canucks management talking about what the returns for Ryan Kesler would be, along with talk about trading Jason Garrison.

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The Offseason “Winners” So Far Are ….

Written by Greg Stamper, who can be found on twitter @g_stamp91.

Despite the recent drop of in activity, the offseason in the NHL is an exciting time for both teams and fans. It provides each and every team with a period to reflect on what they have and determine what they need going forward to take the next step.

Some teams hit the jackpot and land their man, while others miss out and end up signing players or making trades simply to say they did something.

Let’s take this break in the action to look at this offseason’s winners and losers.

First up, the winners ….

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Morning Hits: Avoiding Nashville and Tanev Re-signs

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Jason Spezza and Ryan Kesler are two recent players who haven’t wanted to go to Nashville.

    “I’m not going to pitch somebody if they don’t want to play for us. You have to be committed,” Poile said.

    Cooper offers some reasons as to why players may have Nashville on their “no-go lists.”

    1. Feel of an expansion team – a former players recently in an interview: “Are the Predators still rebuilding?”

    2. Shea Weber situation – the way the Preds have handled Weber hasn’t always looked good. They took him through arbitration and he’s signed an offer sheet with the Flyers.

    3. Lack of recent success – have missed the playoffs the past two seasons. They lack an offensive superstar.

  • Elliott Pap: The Canucks sign Chris Tanev to a one-year, $2 million deal: “I would have liked a longer term deal but new GM, new coach don’t know me.”
  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Canucks GM Jim Benning on Tanev.

    “He had a good season last year,” Benning said. “He had a couple of injuries along the way, but he kind of took the next step. He’s still a young player.

    “We wanted to see another full season, another body of work this next season.

    “If he has another good season, then we’ll try to lock him up long-term.”

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NHL Rumors XI: Ducks, Kesler, Garrison, Canucks, Oilers, Flames

  • Billy Jaffe: Was told the Canucks wanted more players and picks from the Ducks for Ryan Kesler, but finally gave in. They didn’t want it to turn into another Roberto Luongo situation.
  • Bob McKenzie: Vancouver is still very active, may still be looking at the first overall and possibly trading Jason Garrison.
  • Mike Harrington: The Canucks now have two first round picks and have a history with the Panthers. The Canucks love Sam Reinhart.
  • Andy Strickland: The Canucks have already approached Jason Garrison about waiving this no-trade clause this offseason and he declined too.
  • Mark Spector: Could see the Canucks trade with the Flames and Oilers to move up in the draft.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: The Kesler trade could mean two things for the Blues: “1) Takes ANA out of Spezza situation. 2) Sbisa to VAN could lead to Garrison trade.”
  • Dan Murphy: Getting the sense that it was the Ducks or bust for a Kesler trade. Kesler may not have been sold on the Penguins and the Blackhawks may not have been sold on Kesler. The Canucks had no leverage.
  • Andy Strickland: Kesler gave the Canucks two teams that he’d accept a trade too, Ducks or Blackhawks.
  • Hope Smoke: Elliotte Friedman reported that earlier this year that the Canucks had their choice of either of the Ducks 2014 1st and 2nd rounders and Rickard Rakell and passed on it.

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NHL Trade: Canucks Trade Ryan Kesler To The Ducks

The Vancouver Canucks have traded Ryan Kesler and 2015 3rd round pick to the Anaheim Ducks for Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa, 2014 1st round pick (# 24) and 3rd round pick (# 85).

The 29-year old Kesler was drafted 23rd overall in the 1st round of the 2003 draft by the Canucks.

The 26-year old Nick Bonino was drafted 173rd overall in the 6th round of the 2007 draft by the Sharks.

The 24-year old Sbisa was drafted 19th overall in the 1st round of the 2008 draft by the Flyers.

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NHL Rumors IX: Penguins, Garrison, Ducks, Canadiens and Sabres

  • Rob Rossi: Hearing that Marc-Andre Fleury is not in play and that James Neal definitely is. GM Jim Rutherford is looking to find some cap space in other deals.
  • Will DePaoli: Rob Scuderi’s camp hasn’t heard from the Penguins if they are trying to trade him, but it’s not a secret that they are looking to clear some cap space.
  • Bob McKenzie: There is a legit chance that the Canucks trade defenseman Jason Garrison despite him having a full no-trade clause. He could reluctantly waive it for the right location.
  • Farhan Lalji: It is very possible that Garrison ends up with the Lightning and Ryan Kesler ends up with the Ducks.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Lightning and Canadiens could be potential landing spots for Garrison. The Lightning were interested when he was a UFA.
  • John Vogl: Sabres GM Tim Murray: “I’m not shopping our players. Truthfully, I have gotten calls on a couple of our players. I just said I’ll listen.”
  • John Vogl: Sabres GM Tim Murray: “I’ve tried to trade for a couple veteran players that I think will either A) and most importantly help our culture and B) bring some skill to our lineup. That is going, right now, nowhere.”
  • Kevin McGran: Leafs GM Dave Nonis on Jason Spezza and Ryan Kesler“I think everyone’s expecting (the top players) will be moved but I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re not.”
  • Hockey Central: The Canadiens are open to moving up or down in the draft.

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NHL Rumors VIII: Red Wings, Myers, Oilers, Kesler, Brodeur, Leafs, Sabres and Burmistrov

  • Joe Yerdon: Dreger saying on the radio that Red Wings have major interest in Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers. That would be a way to get their first round pick.
  • David Burstyn: It is possible that the Oilers go off the board if Aaron Ekblad is gone.
  • Billy Jaffe: Told the price for Ryan Kesler is too much right now. Canucks asking for the moon and stars.
  • Hope Smoke: John Shannon said on the Fan 590 that the Ducks and Canucks had agreed to a trade at the deadline for Kesler, but Kesler’s family nixed it.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Martin Brodeur’s camp spoke with six teams so far. Should pick up after the draft.
  • Hope Smoke: John Shannon: “a good chance if the deal is done for 1st overall Ekblad isn’t taken. Buff won’t take Ekblad. Will Edm? They like Draisaitl”
  • Kevin McGran: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis: “There’s been dialogue but we haven’t made any traction … I would expect we’re going to stay at 8”
  • John Vogl: Sabres GM Tim Murray needs the trade logjam to break soon: “I have a couple of really complicated ideas, so I don’t know if I can execute them in an hour”
  • Brian Lawton: Told several teams are asking the Jets about Alexander Burmistrov. A good chance that the Jets trade him before July 1st.

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NHL Rumors VI: Tradeable Vets, Iginla, Coyotes, Lightning and Wild

  • Kevin Allen of USA Today: Some veterans that could be available this weekend: Jason Spezza, Ryan Kesler, Dion Phaneuf (Oilers need a centerpiece defenseman), Danny Briere, Evander Kane, Dustin Byfuglien and Vincent Lecavalier.
  • Chris Johnston of Sportsnet: The Bruins may not be able offer Jarome Iginla a multi-year offer or as much money as other teams could be willing to offer.

    “We’re going to have to make some harder decisions this year,” general manager Peter Chiarelli acknowledged to reporters earlier this week. “It’s something that we’re prepared to do.”

    The Bruins were hit with a $4.75 million bonus overage penalty.

  • Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: The Coyotes current payroll is at $51.4 million and they expect to be around the middle of the pack for next year.

    “There’s some flexibility right now,” Maloney said. “There are other things we’re doing that might create more flexibility, but right now there’s some flexibility.”

    They don’t plan on bringing Derek Morris back. They will re-engage talks with Radim Vrbata, Dave Moss, Paul Bissonnette, Jeff Halpren and Thomas Greiss.

  • Erik Erlendsson: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said that to move up to the top part of the draft it would cost Jonathan Drouin or Andrei Vasilevskiy, and that is “not an option for us.”
  • Michael Russo: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said he has nothing imminent, but that can quickly change. There are a couple scenarios he wants to talk to his staff with.
  • Darren Dreger: Teams that are at the high end of the cap are getting nervous over the NHL and NHLPA talks about next seasons salary cap. If it’s less than $70 million, it could be problematic for many teams.

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NHL Rumors V: Senators, Capitals, Blackhawks, Neal, Ducks, Leafs and Michalek

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators GM Bryan Murray has let Jason Spezza’s agent know that it’s possible a deal doesn’t happen this weekend.

    “I told this to the agent and the player, ‘It may happen, there may be conversations that bring us close to it, but it certainly doesn’t have to be the cutoff point by any stretch,’” said Murray.

    “It could go all summer and it could go into the year. If I don’t get the right deal, he has a year left on his contract and that could be the case, yes.”

    Of course, this can all change.”‹

    Tire kickers on Spezza are the Stars and Predators. Serious teams include Ducks, Blues and Blackhawks.

    “I have talked to a number of managers who have expressed interest in certain players on our team and, in a couple of cases, wondered if I was interested that had never been brought up before,” said Murray.

    “It’s just normal, somewhat, leading up to the draft, that there are more calls than you usually get. There hasn’t been (any movement) and I don’t know at this point. There are certainly going to be discussions but whether anything comes of that … One of the managers was kind of laughing because we do a lot of talking and not a lot of things happen on some occasion so we continue to talk.”

  • Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post: Five trade chips for the Capitals: 1. Troy Brouwer 2. Joel Ward 3. Dmitry Orlov 4. Mike Green 5. Any of their young defensemen: Nate Schmidt, Cam Schilling, Connor Carrick, Patrick Wey, Madison Bowey and Christian Djoos.

    “I think there seems to be bigger names being talked about in the trade market,” MacLellan said. “We’ll see if that really comes to fruition. I think with the cap going up, there might be a little more room for trades to happen. I’ve talked to probably half the managers so far, and will continue to have conversations with them throughout the week. If there’s a chance that something’s a good fit for us, I don’t think they’re going to give centers and defensemen away, but I’m going to explore it.”

    “It sounds like there’s more names being talked about than what I’ve heard about in the past,” MacLellan said. “I don’t know if that translates into actual trades, but there seems to be a lot of conversations. There’s more names involved than there has been in the past.”

    Craig Custance: Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are not trying to max out their contract extensions as they want a supporting cast.

  • Darren Dreger: Teams continue to call the Penguins about James Neal. There has been nothing worth considering for the Penguins.
  • Eric Stephens: There is a divide between the Ducks and the pieces the Canucks and Senators want for Ryan Kesler and Jason Spezza.
  • Spector’s Hockey: Dreger said that the Leafs are interested in Milan Michalek. If they were to sign him, they would have to trade out a salary, possibly Joffrey Lupul.

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NHL Rumors IV: Red Wings, Canucks, Panthers, Oilers, Islanders and Bolland

  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: The Wings are exploring potential trades.

    “We’re going to explore,” said Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, who is looking for a goal-scoring winger capable of playing on the top two lines or a top-four righthanded defenseman. “There’s a bunch of names out there.”

    Sounding like Ryan Kesler and Jason Spezza are heading to the West. Keith Yandle, Alex Edler and Dustin Byfuglien could be available. GM Ken Holland isn’t ready to part with prospects Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan or Tomas Jurco.

    GM Holland met with some agents yesterday.

  • Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun: Ryan Kesler’s trade list could be a short as the Blackhawks, Ducks and Penguins. Despite attempts to trade up to No. 1, GM Jim Benning said yesterday that they were likely to remain at No. 6.

    “We’re talking to teams,” Benning told reporters. “But at the end of the day, we’re going to do what makes sense for us and to try to help Ryan out. If we don’t think we can get a fair deal for him, we’re going to keep him and he’s a Vancouver Canuck. And we’re happy to have him back because he’s such a great player.”

    “We’ve had communication with him throughout the process,” Benning said. “We’ve talked to the agent and stuff. That part of it, (Kesler) is a professional and he understands that part of it.

    “I can’t predict what other teams are going to do. In talking to him and his agent, we want a fair deal, something that makes sense for us as an organization. We’ll see how that goes. If Ryan comes back and plays for us next year, we’ll be happy with that.”

    The Blues and Flyers are also said to be interested in Kesler.

  • George Richards: If the Panthers keep the first overall pick, they already know who they will take.
  • Rob Tychkowski: Oilers GM Craig TacTavish on his free agent shopping list: “We need one more defenceman, ideally, and possibly a forward or two.”
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders are not looking to move up in the draft – they’ll either keep the pick, move down or trade for a young player.
  • Ken Campbell: Told that Dave Bolland was in contact with eight teams yesterday.

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