NHL Rumors III: Kesler, Canucks, Ducks, Penguins, and Lemieux

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “Couldn’t honestly tell you what final price was & if Shero/ownership backed off but the Penguins tried really hard to get Kesler” … “People criticize Shero for not trying to upgrade the Penguins team but he tried to get Kesler” … “I don’t believe Smith-Pelly was a guy that was involved in the Ana-Kesler talks. I’ve heard Rakell. Van wanted a centre”
  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks need to trade Ryan Kesler and one of their defenseman as they look to retool. They need to fill the void in NHL ready prospects. Kesler gave the list of six teams, but only two were fits at the deadline, the Penguins and Ducks, but obviously a deal couldn’t be reached then. The Ducks had the better offer for Kesler, but the Canucks wanted a higher premium since they were trading within their division. The Ducks had offered the pick they received from Ottawa in the Bobby Ryan trade, which turned out to be 10th overall. If the Ducks had also been offering Devante Smith-Pelly and one of either Emerson Etem or Kyle Palmieri, the Canucks could regret it. Hard to see Smith-Pelley being available now.
  • Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Starkey thinks the Penguins just need a significant retooling and not a rebuild. The Penguins have three players making $5 million: Marc-Andre Fleury, James Neal and Paul Martin. They should try to trade Neal for Evander Kane. Trade Martin for forward help. Let Fleury play out the last year of his deal. Trading Neal for Kane would let them play Kane with Crosby and move Chris Kunitz to Evgeni Malkin’s left wing or even look to trade Kunitz. Starkey also thinks the Penguins should buyout Rob Scuderi.


  1. Alex

    May 21, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Kane for Neal would NEVER happen.

  2. Dj Dukes

    May 21, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    If the Penguins look to trade Neal, I’d personally would go after Kane. Offer Neal and Despres for Kane, a 2nd second round and 4th round pick.

    As Lemieux pointed out…this team needs to get younger and grittier! A power forward like Kane that can finish plays…deadly.

    I’d keep the Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis line and would try Kane – Malkin – Bennett. Move Jussi to Sutter’s line and then look for a gritty RW third liner. Resign Goc to center the 4th line, possibly resign Glass to play on the LW and find a young RW maybe from our system and have Adams as our 13th or reserved forward. Hell. If he isn’t on a one-way, send Adams to WBS.

  3. Antonio

    May 21, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Yeah I don’t think Winnipeg would ever go for that deal lol.

  4. Steven

    May 21, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    If Vancouver is looking to trade Kesler and a Defenseman, Anaheim makes the most sense since those are the two areas they are looking at improving. (Center and Defense)

  5. Canucks fan

    May 21, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    I don’t understand how anyone in the Canucks organization would reject an offer of OTT first Etem/Palmieri and DSP.. Why demand a centre PROSPECT in return knowing you’re getting the 10th overall as well as holding the 6th.. Maybe it’s the GTA bias in me wanting DSP but Etem has all the makings to be a very productive player in the NHL and having played with Shinkaruk for what 140 odd games in junior and putting up huge numbers I don’t see how that’s not a great fit..