Ryan Kesler is the NHL’s favorite trade rumor at the moment. He may or may not have asked for a trade, and he has a no-movement clause in his contract but it seems that the Vancouver Canucks are taking phone calls on the top-end, two-way center anyway.
Various squads have been linked to the trade chatter, including the Detroit Red Wings.
— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) February 28, 2014
This trade might make short-term sense for Detroit. Ken Holland loves his veterans—especially the oft-injured ones—and could possibly trade away a stash of strong young players that were only going to play in the AHL anyway.
In all seriousness, Kesler’s contract isn’t up at the end of the season and heading into the 2014-15 campaign, the Red Wings would have at least four top-two pivots to work with. Stephen Weiss is a favorite whipping boy in Detroit, but he’ll be healthy at some juncture. So will Henrik Zetterberg.
If Detroit were looking at going all-in for a Stanley Cup run, then perhaps they could swing a deal like this to put them over the top. Their date to the dance hasn’t confirmed yet though, so unless Vancouver’s asking price comes down a bit it’s unlikely