2013-14 NHL Trade Deadline Feature: Vancouver Canucks

Written by Joe McCormick and can be followed at @joemccormick19.

USATSI_7477652_154224518_lowresWell things for the Canucks certainly have been interesting leading into the deadline. The team is in a position where they are not clear as to if they are buyers or sellers. All we know for sure is that Louis Jean of TVA Sports in Montreal says that Ryan Kesler asked for a trade earlier in the season. Louis Jean has been in the business a long time and is not known to embellish the truth.

That being said, this whole situation seems really odd. First off, when is this just leaking now, right before the trade deadline? Secondly, why is it that a reporter from Montreal found out about this first? Maybe I am just seeing the facts that I want to see as I really don’t want to see him in another jersey.

However, there is no denying that trading him could net a good return and help the team re-tool for another cup run in 2-3 years. Twitter has since exploded with people trying to think of where he might go and who might come back.

First of all the Canucks are not currently in a position where they need to rebuild. A re-tool may be just what the doctor ordered. It is extremely difficult to re-tool on the fly when almost all of your core players have the nasty words “No Trade Claus” built into their contracts. That definitely narrows down who can be traded and who your potential trading partners might be.

So what do the Canucks need out of a trade anyways?

Draft picks and prospects are ok, but they can’t be the center piece to any trade. Any prospects should be ready to make the full-time jump to the NHL by next season and draft picks are only welcome to even the value of a trade. They need to make hockey trades that could help them now and in the immediate future. If Kesler does want to go, the Canucks could use 3 new players… all on the second line.

Let’s start with where he might go.

Keep in mind that he has a full NTC and can pick where he wants to go. Due to this, two teams immediately jump to mind, Philadelphia and Detroit. Detroit because Kesler is a Michigan boy and Philly since Kesler likes it there enough that he once signed an offer sheet to play there. It is said that Detroit could be willing to part with an up and comer like Nyquist. Philly is rumored to have B. Schenn or Couturier potentially for the right price.

Another option is Pittsburgh as it was reported (sorry, can’t remember by who) that they made a pitch for Kesler that was rumored to include names like Sutter and Pouliot. Personally, I think the Pittsburgh option works the best as the Canucks would be getting back Sutter who has played that number 2 center role before in Carolina and at times in Pittsburgh.

The other name in Vancouver that keeps coming up lately is Alex Edler with teams like Washington and Colorado looking for defense. The names in Washington that are coming up are Erat and Wilson. I can’t see Wilson being given up on already. Maybe a deal for Erat, Wilson and Alzner could work, but I very highly doubt it. Colorado has been shopping Parenteau for most of the season and O’Reilly’s name keeps hitting the rumor mill. Perhaps there could be a fit there.

I personally want to see Kesler stay, but if the rumors that he wants out are true, I would like to see him go to Philly for B. Schenn, a prospect and a 1st rnd pick, then have Gillis turn around and ship Edler to the Avs for O’Reilly. Given Gillis’ history and the cap world that we live in, my money is on Gillis’ only making a minor tweak, like seeing Hansen to Pittsburgh for Bennett.

Here’s to another trade deadline day and the Canucks getting themselves to a point where they can contend again!

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
Daniel Sedin 62 13 27 40 7 38 4 0 3 195 6.7
Henrik Sedin 54 9 31 40 6 38 4 0 1 82 11
Ryan Kesler 61 21 18 39 -9 65 7 1 5 208 10.1
Chris Higgins 60 16 18 34 -5 18 1 0 4 172 9.3
Jason Garrison 62 6 23 29 -4 53 3 1 1 151 4
Mike Santorelli 49 10 18 28 9 6 0 0 3 91 11
Kevin Bieksa 57 4 15 19 5 91 1 0 1 125 3.2
Brad Richardson 60 8 9 17 -6 27 1 2 1 63 12.7
Zack Kassian 56 10 7 17 -8 101 1 0 1 65 15.4
Dan Hamhuis 60 4 11 15 8 24 0 0 0 123 3.3
Alexander Edler 43 5 10 15 -23 24 2 0 0 111 4.5
Jannik Hansen 52 10 5 15 -2 39 0 0 3 85 11.8
Ryan Stanton 47 1 14 15 6 26 0 0 0 49 2
Christopher Tanev 55 5 9 14 8 8 0 1 2 57 8.8
David Booth 46 5 7 12 -2 10 0 0 0 79 6.3
Tom Sestito 58 5 3 8 -7 169 1 0 0 24 20.8
Zac Dalpe 43 3 3 6 -3 4 0 0 0 42 7.1
Alexandre Burrows 30 0 5 5 -12 35 0 0 0 73 0
Yannick Weber 32 2 3 5 -3 8 1 0 0 39 5.1
Jordan Schroeder 12 2 1 3 -3 2 0 0 0 16 12.5
Darren Archibald 11 0 2 2 3 0 0 0 0 6 0
Raphael Diaz 5 1 1 2 -2 0 0 0 0 9 11.1
Jeremy Welsh 19 1 0 1 -1 6 0 0 0 13 7.7
Kellan Lain 9 1 0 1 1 21 0 0 0 7 14.3
Andrew Alberts 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 0
Pascal Pelletier 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Benn Ferriero 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Yann Sauve 3 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 1 0
Frank Corrado 11 0 0 0 -4 0 0 0 0 9 0
Goalie GPI GS Min GAA W L OT SO SA GA Sv%
Roberto Luongo 42 42 2418 2.38 19 16 6 3 1157 96 0.917
Eddie Lack 24 20 1316 2.05 9 8 4 3 604 45 0.925
Joacim Eriksson 1 0 36 10 0 0 0 0 31 6 0.806

9 Comments

  1. Allan Poelzer

    March 3, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Kesler and Burrowed a package deal to Philadelphia for B.Sheen and Courturie. That is what I would like..

  2. Joe M

    March 3, 2014 at 12:51 am

    All canucks fans would like that… But Philly wouldn’t take it… Don’t thinks that there is much of a market for Burrows right now. Maybe Kesler and Edler for both Schenn a prospect and a pick. No way Philly will trade 2 centers though.

  3. Canucks fan

    March 3, 2014 at 1:11 am

    I think Luke has equal trade value in the eyes of Philly compared to his brother as he’s been their best defenseman.. I’d love to get Brayden a conditional 2nd if Kesler resigns and Wayne Simmonds for Kesler and Edler

  4. Itstime

    March 3, 2014 at 1:15 am

    How about phaneuf, bernier & gardiner for luongo & elder. Then kadri, kuleman & a 3rd bieska ? Evens out when u consider the pick covering the extra cash nucks take on.

  5. EastCoastHockeyFan

    March 3, 2014 at 8:50 am

    lol @ Itstime not a chance, trade a young future star goalie for a past prime with a terrible contract luo is a great goalie still but with that nasty contract and his best years behind him leafs would demand more return on a 1 for 1 deal, they wouldnt do bernier for lou stirght up with out van adding to cover that contract, leafs brass has also just signed phaneuf and have faith in him, he will not be moved aney time soon. you will also not see the leafs move Gardiner before they see what his contract demands are in the summer or Kadri at all unless they get a drop dead deal they cant refuse. about the only thing you might be close on in this statment is Kuleman and a third, they are about the onely 2 things actully in play out of everything you have said from toronto. and van is going to be demanding teams WAY over pay if they want to even think about Bieksa OR Edler. just look at the fumbeling around the luo situation last year if you want proof of that

  6. J elder

    March 3, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Kessler,edler and booth to Winnipeg for ladd(maple ridge),evander kane(vancouver)and enstrom.

  7. commonsense

    March 3, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Kesler types do not come around too often. Look at the returns that Richards and Carter brought back. That is the starting point for kesler at a minimum, considering he is a better player then those two and has an awesome contract at 5m per for next 2 years. Carter and Richards have those awful 12 year deals to boot.

  8. jas

    March 3, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Move the team to seattle for 2015-16 season

  9. Eric

    March 3, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Why would Seattle be better than Vancouver? I mean, I know we have another team but rlly? Anways, I think Booth and Kesler should go to Pittsburgh. We need enforcers like Neal. No chance of Sid or Evgeni. MAybe Letang…