Mar 2, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler (17) battles for the puck with Ottawa Senators players Mike Hoffman (68) , Mika Zibanejad (93) and Cody Ceci (5) during the second period in the Heritage Classic hockey game at BC Place. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Blues Rivals Look To Improve

One of the big names being tossed around in trade rumors this week is Ryan Kesler from the Vancouver Canucks. The shifty centerman was one of the best forwards for Team USA in Sochi, seemingly winning every face-off he took before injuring his hand. He’s apparently made it known he’d be open to a trade out of Vancouver, but he controls where he might go.

The Chicago Blackhawks need another big-time center and Kesler would fit the bill nicely, though the asking price is likely a starting forward in return, a First Round pick, and probably another pick or prospect as well. According to The NBC Sports article linked above, Nick Kypreos suggested via Twitter that Vancouver would be reluctant to move Kesler to a Western Conference foe.

Would the ‘Hawks be willing to pay that price to “keep up with the Joneses?” The St. Louis Blues made the biggest splash so far this season trading for Ryan Miller to bolster their Cup run and some think teams like the ‘Hawks, battling the Blues and Ducks for Western supremacy, need to make some sort of deal to strengthen their playoff push as well.

As a Blues fan, I’m hoping Kypreos is right. I don’t like the thought of Kesler playing against the Blues again unless it’s in the Cup Finals.


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