NHL Rumors I: The Canucks – Coaching, Draft and Kesler

Iain MacIntrye of the Vancouver Sun: Canucks GM Jim Benning on their coaching situation.

“We’ve been in meetings all day, so we haven’t had a chance to really sit down and talk about it,” Benning said Friday afternoon of Bylsma’s sudden availability. “But he’s an interesting name, for sure.

“We’re going to wait until the NHL is done and the AHL is done. We’re going to do our due diligence on this. We want to make sure we pick the right guy that’s right for this group. So we’re going to take our time and do the work. It has gone good so far and I expect it to keep going good.”

Benning on the Canucks draft.

“We’re going to explore everything,” he said. “We feel we’re going to get a real good player at six. But we’re going to explore moving up, if we can, and what the cost is. If we’re able to do it, that would be great. But we’re happy where we are at six.”

Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “I’m hearing that Kesler is out there again and teams are looking at him”

Mark Spector: Canucks GM Jim Benning met with Ryan Kesler last week: “It’s between us.” Reports that Kesler being available are accurate in Spectors opinion. He is a valuable player but wouldn’t be missed in many ways in Vancouver.


  1. chulookin

    June 8, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Kes is one of the top two way centers in the NHL, it would be best for the Canucks to keep him. Trading him for a draft pick would be stupid…

  2. EastCoastHockeyFan

    June 8, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    i like kesler but van dosnt have the core that is going to bring the cup home, they could be a play off team for afew more years but there window is all but closed, they should ship out Daniel Sedin Henrik Sedin Alexandre Burrows Kevin Bieksa and Dan Hamhuis, IF Kesler is requesting a trade then move him if the offer is right,
    get as many blue chip prospects and draft picks as they can when all there stars still have value to a contender and to a re build before all you have is a pile of b rated prospects and aged injured over the hill all stars with no cup
    i wouldnt mind seeing kesler stay to mentor thought a rebuild but if he wants out he wants out, same with Alexander Edler

  3. Mark

    June 8, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    I agree…the Sedins can fetch an awesome player + first round pick. The Canucks could also perhaps swing a deal with Florida for their first rounder. When you think of the trade possibilities, first round picks, plus the potential $20-million freed up in cap space (i.e room for two additional UFA’s), this team could not only become an instant contender, but they would also sell out their season tickets in a week :-).

  4. GaryMagic

    June 8, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    The Sedin’s ARE awesome players. If you usually trade away a single superstar caliber player, it’s usually for a package of picks and prospects. You aren’t going to trade a single Sedin for a guy who could replace him like a Giroux or Kopitar. And if you trade away both in one package? No team could give back the same value, so you are losing out by giving them both away.

    And that scenario about freeing up cap space to sign big UFA’s….what ones? There aren’t many out there this year. And the draft isn’t as big as last years. And why would anyone want Van to be their first choice after trading away their two best players? It makes 0 sense.

    Try trading Kessler for Thornton. No need to rebuild, just retool. Try a different fit.

  5. naturalmystic

    June 8, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Kesler wants out, he will be gone for nothing in return in 2 years if Vancouver doesn’t trade him. Keeping him is stupid.

  6. InsideScoop

    June 8, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Kesler will be mentoring no one in Vancouver, they don’t like him there Bc of his promiscuity while on IR, luongo should have been traded but strangely it was Schneider, really they should’ve just dumped the man who caused the problem with schneiders girl…

  7. marc brkich

    June 9, 2014 at 12:58 am

    If Kesler wants out he can get us a first pick from Florida. Florida is up and comoing team. With addition of Kesler and one good D Florida has a better chance than Canucks to make the playoffs. Trading away older guys will bring on two three years of rebuild. In my opinion adding Matt Moulson, Matt Greene and Grabowski is all we need if Kesler takes off. Replacement player for Kesler will be a
    dam good player. I hope Benning goes slow and gets thre four guys with size and hands to score some goals. Booth must go,Burrows will bring a good player back. Montreal would love his type of play.

  8. EastCoastHockeyFan

    June 9, 2014 at 6:35 am

    GaryMagic, the Sedin’s were awsome players, now there good players, who are not getting younger, and no van needs alot more than a re tool if they want the cup, a re tool and they spend the next few years as a play off team that has no real chance at a cup. right now they can get assets for them, instead of holding them too long with no chance at taking home the big prize then getting nothing

  9. Jeff

    June 9, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I agree with those guys…I would move Kesler right now before he hurts himself again, and I would auction off the Sedins before their NTC starts. Team needs a new direction.