Apr 5, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Los Angeles Kings forward Trevor Lewis (22) and Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler (17) face off during the first period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Anaheim Ducks pursuing Ryan Kesler?

The Anaheim Ducks still want Ryan Kesler, and who can blame them? After finishing first in the ultra-competitive Western Conference, the Ducks bowed out in the second round to intrastate rival Los Angeles Kings. General manager Bob Murray should be looking for every opportunity to make his team better, especially in the playoffs. Ryan Kesler would be a great add for anyone of such a mind.

As this article quotes from the original LA Times piece,

Murray said he might revisit his trade-deadline attempt to acquire Vancouver center Ryan Kesler, or pursue other upgrades.

“I don’t think I’ll offer as much as I did at the trade deadline,” Murray said, without naming Kesler. “There’s [other] things I might like to do and I would spend — I’m deep enough in players — to do so.”

That’s a big reveal from Murray there, basically admiting that he offered two first round picks for Kesler. It’s a steep price, but one that serves as a baseline for any trade offer for a major veteran made available any time between now and next training camp. A team like Anaheim with a well stocked prospect pool will almost certainly look to make such a move this offseason.

Whether it’s Ryan Kesler or another player remains to be seen. It’s clear that the Ducks didn’t have enough firepower to hang with the Kings, and likely wouldn’t have against Chicago either, despite their superior record. Making the playoffs shouldn’t be a problem for this team. It’s the playoffs they need to build for now. Another top player would help that in a hurry.

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