NHL trade rumors: Penguins ‘pushing hard’ for Ryan Kesler

The NHL trade deadline is rapidly approaching and rumors are swirling faster than ever. As we draw nearer to the cut-off time for teams to inform the league about a move, one of the most interesting names to watch is Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler.

There have been conflicting reports about whether or not Canucks general manager Mike Gillis had permission to green light a Kesler trade, but there is at least one team pushing hard to make a deal happen.

According to the latest buzz we are hearing, the Pittsburgh Penguins are pushing hard for a deal, but they will need to blow the Canucks away in order to pull it off.

With a young core of star players on the roster, Pittsburgh can afford to give up some draft picks and worry about winning now, so it will be interesting to see how everything plays out over the final half hour of the madness.

Be sure to stay up to date on the latest NHL trade news and rumors right here on FanSided.com as we lead up to the NHL trade deadline. A full tracker can be found here.

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