Feb 28, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler (17) skates with the puck against the Minnesota Wild during the first period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Trade Rumors: Pittsburgh Penguins Are Pursuing Ryan Kesler of The Vancouver Canucks

Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks has had a great career, but it looks like he is ready to move on to a new team. It was reported in late February that the American centerman requested a trade early in the season, and that he wants out of Vancouver.

According to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pittsburgh Penguins are “very interested” in Kesler, and they are likely the number one team in the race for him.

“BTW, did some digging last 36 hrs. Yinz can officially consider it a #KeslerWatch. #pens very interested and sounds like they’re on his list.”

— Rob Rossi (@RobRossi_Trib) March 01, 2014

The Pittsburgh Penguins offered up, former Carolina Hurricanes center, Brandon Sutter, a first-round draft pick, a third-round draft pick, and either Brian Dumoulin or Simon Despres for Ryan Kesler according to reports.

If Ryan Kesler was to find his way onto the Pittsburgh Penguins prior to March 5, that would give the Pittsburgh Penguins three all-star centermen in Ryan Kesler, Sidney Crosby, and Evgeni Malkin.

While the Pittsburgh Penguins would like the get a deal done for Ryan Kesler soon, it may be more likely that a trade would occur at the NHL Draft.

Whatever happens over the next three days, it is bound to an exciting trade deadline across the NHL.

 

As we get closer and closer to the NHL Trade Deadline, Cardiac Cane will keep you updated with all trade rumors and updates around the Carolina Hurricanes and the NHL. 

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