Late last night news that Ryan Kesler has requested a trade from the Vancouver Canucks spread like a wildfire across social media sites. Fans of 29 other NHL teams wondered what their squad would have to turn over to land the outstanding two-way center. “NHL executives” chimed in and said that Kesler being available would change the landscape of the trade deadline drastically.
NHL exec told me if Kesler becomes available, it could change the entire dynamic of the trade deadline. #Canucks
— Louis Jean (@LouisJean_TVA) February 27, 2014
The thing is—according to Kesler’s agent at least—the rumors surrounding the Canuck just aren’t true.
Ryan Kesler has NOT requested a trade, his agent Kurt Overhardt tells me. Says reports saying so are “BS”
— Adrian Dater (@adater) February 27, 2014
There are several conflicting reports about the pivot’s availability. The Province reports that Kesler was overheard in Sochi saying “I hope my hand isn’t broken because that would impact my trade.” Regardless of whether or not that’s true, his reported availability has certainly caused a stir in Vancouver.
General manager Mike Gillis simply won’t address the reported trade rumor, and told Brad Ziemer of The Vancouver Sun the following:
If we discussed every internal or personal issue we have as an organization, we wouldn’t stay in business very long, so I’m not going to comment on it… The reports are what they are,” Gillis said. “They came out of Russia somehow, I don’t know anything about it.
There’s certainly a lot of moving parts to this one. We’ll keep you updated here at FanSided.com with any breaking news on the situation in Vancouver.