The Vancouver Canucks have long been expected to trade former Selke winner Ryan Kesler at the NHL Entry Draft this weekend, but according to a report from TSN's Bob McKenzie, "There's nothing imminent" on the Kesler trade front, in part because the offers just aren't good enough at the moment.
Kesler has two-years and $10 million remaining on his current contract, which includes a full no-trade clause. While Kesler has given the Canucks a list of six teams he's willing to be moved to, the teams presumed to be at the top of his list - the Anaheim Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks - appear to be unwilling to meet Vancouver's asking price at the moment.
"I get the sense that Anaheim and Chicago believe that maybe they're the only two teams in the running," McKenzie said during an Insider Trading segment on Wednesday evening. "Therefore the offers aren't good enough for what Vancouver wants to do.
"The Vancouver Canucks are not going to do this deal if they don't get the right amount, at least not at the draft."
So the Canucks may hang onto a disgruntled star player who wants out of Vancouver, rather than trading him? That seems familiar.