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Does Ryan Kesler’s trade demand lower the price?

By Sean Fitzgerald

Apr 5, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler (17) skates against the Los Angeles Kings during the second period at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Kesler is one of the biggest names demanding a trade out of his current situation. He made the job of the Vancouver Canucks a little more difficult. Kesler stated that he will only go to Chicago or Pittsburgh. Now first off people cannot blame Kesler for wanting to go to a contender and the Blackhawks and Penguins are contenders.

Last trade deadline the Penguins desperately tried to trade for Kesler but they could not meet the Canucks demands. The Blackhawks are in need of a second line center and Kesler meet that need.

SO After Kesler statement, should the asking price go down?? The answer is: the price will drop somewhat. The Canucks are not going to full value for a player like Kesler and they know it. Their franchise is in rebuilding mode, so they need to get some kind of value for him. I look to the Martin St. Louis trade to the New York Rangers. The Rangers gave up Ryan Callahan and two first round picks to get St.Louis. The deal also included addition picks to the Lightening if Callahan was resigned. The Lightening were in a similar spot to the Canucks and they still got a great haul for a guy who wanted out.

The Canucks need to take the same mindset as the Lightening we will let him go but only for a deal we feel is good enough. For the Blackhawks sake let’s hope the Canucks lower the price enough that Stan Bowman gets in on the Kesler trade.

Kesler might have tried to leverage his situation to get himself out of Vancouver but ultimately the Canucks do not have to trade him. They keep their disgruntled forward for another season or wait till the trade deadline.

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