Looking to add some more offensive firepower prior to the March 5th NHL trade deadline, many Flyers fans jumped on the idea of the team adding Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler. The speculation came about because of a report yesterday from ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, that suggested that the Flyers were not only interested in adding defense to a team that clearly could stand an upgrade, but also checked in on Kesler.
No shortage of teams interested in Canucks center Ryan Kesler, and you can add Philadelphia to that list. Mind you, the Flyers could be just as interested in Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler.
Have to imagine that the Canucks’ asking price in any Kesler deal would start with Brayden Schenn, and I’m not sure the Flyers would go there.
Edler would actually address Philly’s more pressing need, upgrading its blue line. But again, how much does Vancouver want?
Even though the Flyers would be better served going after a defenseman, should they chose to make any big trades at the deadline, Kesler is under team control for two more years, which would make him attractive to a whole host of teams. The issue with that is not only do other teams have interest, but the Canucks don’t NEED to trade Kesler, which may raises his trade value and may ultimately price him out of a chance to be acquired by the Flyers this week.
Again, when it comes to Kesler, who has two more years on his deal at a bargain $5 million per year, there is lots of interest.
CSN Philly’s John Boruk made it clear this afternoon, that a Kesler trade is less than likely.
Talked with several Flyers sources, the team isn’t pursuing a Kesler deal like some people might have you think. #FlyersTalk
— John Boruk (@JohnBorukCSN) March 1, 2014
If the Flyers make any trades prior to Wednesday’s deadline, they may be best off adding a player like Alex Edler, who not only helps to team in an attempt to make a playoff run this year, but is under team control through the 2018-2019 season, so he would be a long-term solution as well.