Source: Ryan Kesler has requested to be traded

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Ryan Kesler may not have many more days left with the Vancouver Canucks.

Rumblings that the Canucks were talking about moving a big name that we might not suspect started last week with Sportsnet’s Doug MacLean on the Team 1040.

Doug MacLean reporting what he is hearing is one thing, but when Bob McKenzie starts talking about it, you know it’s big:

That’s when we first got wind of the Canucks listening to offers, but the bombshell came from Louis Jean of TVA Sports in Quebec:

What would the Canucks be looking for? Over to you Louis:

So this might not be a trade deadline deal (Kesler is injured at the moment with a broken hand, but it isn’t expected to be a long-term injury), but it appears Kesler’s days are numbered.

Kesler has a no trade clause, but can waive it if he wants out. If he wants out, I expect Mike Gillis to accomodate him. I also expect Kesler to only be willing to be traded to a select number of teams.

If the Canucks do trade Kesler, it may be a defining moment for GM Mike Gillis. He can’t afford an underwhelming return for Kesler, who leads the team in goals and plays in every situation.

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