Ryan Kesler RUMORS & NEWS

  • Kesler on return to Vancouver: ‘If they boo me, it’ll probably jack me up even more’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Ryan Kesler was back under Vancouver’s media microscope this afternoon. The former Canucks star, traded to Anaheim this summer, will play his first game as a visitor Thursday night at Rogers Arena. “It’s a big game,” Kesler said at a press conference. “I’ve definitely had this one circled for a..." November 19

  • Ducks F Kesler hints at interest of contract extension

    TSN.ca "Ryan Kesler appears to be enjoying his first season with the Anaheim Ducks and may want to stick around a little while longer. The 30-year-old hinted at the possibility of signing an extension when he spoke to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun ahead of Anaheim's clash with the Los Angeles Kings..." November 16

  • Kesler Trade to Ducks Complete

    TSN.ca "After months of speculation through the trade deadline and into the offseason, the Vancouver Canucks have traded Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks. TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports that the deal appears to be done. The return to the Canucks is forward Nick Bonino, defenceman Luca..." June 28

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    Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger

    Hearing Kesler to Anaheim is done. Awaiting details...

  • Blackhawks reportedly in running as Kesler rumors continue

    CSN Chicago "The Ryan Kesler (potential) sweepstakes have garnered plenty of attention in this offseason. And the Chicago Blackhawks apparently continue to be part of the conversation. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, citing sources, wrote Tuesday that the Blackhawks and the Anaheim Ducks are among the top contenders..." June 25

  • Seven centers who could move this summer – and where they’ll end up

    The Hockey News "It’s an unusual year for centers. When you build a team these days, this is a position you really need to be strong in. The Kings are deep down the middle, just as the Hawks were when they won and the Bruins in 2011. It’s a key spot on the depth chart, so when you get a good center, you tend to..." June 19

  • Flyers linked to Kesler, but should stay away

    CSN Philly "Whenever the Stanley Cup Final rolls around, there are always a couple trade rumors or some free-agent speculation. Inevitably, the Flyers' name comes up. Twice in the past six years, there was traction to the talk: the rumors of Ray Emery's signing with the Flyers, and two years later,..." June 10

  • Expect Anaheim to be in the discussion for Spezza, Kesler and Thornton

    The Globe and Mail "Remember collecting and swapping bubble gum cards as a kid, you’d sometimes hedge a transaction by calling “trade backs” – a way to get your Dave Keon or your Frank Mahovlich back if you ever had buyers’ remorse? It makes wonder if the Anaheim Ducks and the Ottawa Senators can do some sort of..." June 09

  • Canucks’ Kesler perfect fit as shutdown centre for Ducks

    Edmonton Journal "Mathieu Perreault is a good little cheap centre who did some nice things as the guy behind Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, but as sure as the Zamboni comes out every period to resurface the ice at the Honda Center, you can bet general manager Bob Murray will be taking another run at Ryan..." May 26

  • Canucks' Ryan Kesler declares 'hopefully I can stay'

    Vancouver Sun "After a sensational week, things were eerily quiet Tuesday around the Vancouver Canucks as new president of hockey operations Trevor Linden continued exit interviews with players. Soon Linden will get back to head coach John Tortorella and his future with the National Hockey League team...." April 16

  • Daniel Sedin back in against Sabres but Burrows out; Kesler a game-time decision

    Vancouver Sun "Daniel Sedin is in, Alex Burrows is out and Ryan Kesler will be a game-time decision for the Vancouver Canucks as they return to the ice today against the NHL bottom-feeding Buffalo Sabres. Daniel's return from a hamstring injury suffered three weeks ago coincides with Burrows's departure from..." March 23

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    Vancouver Canucks @VanCanucks

    Ryan Kesler has a sprained knee and is out "at least a couple of weeks" said Torts. #Canucks

  • Ryan Kesler headed back to Vancouver for MRI on injured right knee

    The Globe and Mail "In the incredible decline of the Vancouver Canucks, the fate of Ryan Kesler’s right knee is suddenly central to the team’s future. Kesler was injured Wednesday night in Winnipeg and is returning to Vancouver to have his right knee assessed with an MRI. The Canucks – who have in record time..." March 13

  • Canucks refused to yield on inferior offers for Ryan Kesler

    Vancouver Sun "The only guy in the Vancouver Canucks organization who traded Ryan Kesler on Wednesday was goalie Eddie Lack. Apparently, you make a rookie your starter and he thinks he owns the joint. “Eddie Lack came up to me and told me I got traded to Pittsburgh,” Kesler said. “I’m probably going to shoot..." March 06

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    Mark Spector @SportsnetSpec

    It would take a superior deal for VAN to trade Kesler in-Division to LAK or ANA. Remember Schneider to NJD. EDM's offer was richer.

  • Ryan Kesler is the Canucks’ best bargaining chip — by far

    Vancouver Province "Following his one season at Ohio State University, I asked budding NHL star Ryan Kesler what he studied in 2002-03 at the famed institution. “I wasn’t much of a student,” he said. No, but Kesler is a hell of a player. And because the five-tool dynamo combines speed, size and grit with an..." March 04

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    Larry Brooks @NYP_Brooksie

    Rangers had interest but were informed today that Ryan Kesler will not waive no-trade to come to New York, Post has learned.

  • Report: Canucks want center, top prospect and first-rounder for Kesler

    Pro Hockey Talk "If TSN’s Bob McKenzie is correct, the Vancouver Canucks have indeed named a price for Ryan Kesler, and it certainly isn’t cheap. The Canucks want this approximate package for the 29-year-old forward, at least according to McKenzie in this Insider Trading segment: 1) A center (approximate..." March 04

  • Flyers pursuing Canucks center Ryan Kesler?

    Philly.com "Last week, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said he didn’t envision making any major moves before Wednesday’s trade deadline. His stance apparently changed over the weekend, once word leaked that center Ryan Kesler may be on his way out of Vancouver. Two league sources told the Daily..." March 04

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    Nick Kypreos @RealKyper

    Told #Canucks given a short list Kesler would wave NTC. Believed in mix include #Pens #Flyers #Rangers. Van reluctant to trade him in West

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    Rob Rossi @RobRossi_Trib

    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

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    Vancouver Canucks @VanCanucks

    "I never commented to anyone that I wanted out. My heart is with this group and making the playoffs" - Kesler #Canucks

  • Canucks GM Mike Gillis refuses to address report Ryan Kesler asked for trade

    Vancouver Sun "A clearly agitated Mike Gillis refused to directly address a report that centre Ryan Kesler has asked the Vancouver Canucks to trade him. The Canuck general manager would not confirm or deny a report on Twitter from Louis Jean of TVA Sports in Montreal that Kesler wants a trade and made the..." February 27

  • Ryan Kesler's home, but his availability is still up in the air

    Vancouver Sun "In order, the Vancouver Canucks' four centres for Tuesday's practice were Jordan Schroeder, Zac Dalpe, Brad Richardson and Kellan Lain. Richardson is a gritty, veteran checker whose 449 games in the National Hockey League are more than triple the combined experience of the other three...." February 26

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    Louis Jean @LouisJean_TVA

    Sources say Ryan Kesler requested a trade some time ago & wants out of Vcr. Told #Canucks don't want to trade him but may not have a choice.

  • Canucks want ‘a player to help Kesler,’ says Gillis

    Pro Hockey Talk "Just over a week away from the NHL trade deadline, Vancouver GM Mike Gillis knows what he needs to help his struggling team. Problem is, getting that help will cost him. “We’d like to get a player to help [Ryan] Kesler, but you have to give up a lot,” Gillis told Team 1040 radio, per The..." February 25

  • Torts moves Kesler to centre, challenges Luongo

    Vancouver Province "Ryan Kesler said he’s happy to play anywhere. He just happens to be a lot happier if it’s at centre. That’s where Kesler finds himself again, after spending almost a month doing little on the wing, where some contend he’s better suited. But Kesler has gone 12 games without an even-strength..." November 28

  • Kesler, Sedins steal show from Ovi in Canucks 3-2 win over Caps

    Vancouver Province "If there is a hotter line playing right now in the NHL, we’d like to know who or where they are. In a game where Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin looked like he might put his stamp on it early, the Canucks’ line of the Sedin twins and Ryan Kesler simply had too much magic for the..." October 29

  • Stamkos, Kessel and Kesler named 'Three Stars' of the week

    NHL.com "Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos, Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Phil Kessel and Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Oct. 27. FIRST STAR – STEVEN STAMKOS, C, TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING Stamkos tied for the League lead with seven..." October 28

  • On the wing, Ryan Kesler is a slayer

    Vancouver Province "Something Mike Gillis has got with his new coach is bold moves. Well, that and the most successful road trip in team history. On it, John Tortorella allowed Kevin Bieksa to do just about anything his heart desired, scratched David Booth and lined Ryan Kesler with the Sedins. All of it..." October 27

  • Kesler as linemate the latest twist in season of change for Sedins

    Vancouver Sun "They say change is a good thing and Daniel and Henrik Sedin can attest to that. Their season has been like a soap opera -- call it As the Sedin’s World Turns -- with something new seeming to happen every day. Their ice time is up quite dramatically they’ve had a whole series of different..." October 19

  • Kesler puts in a hard day's night, but for what?

    Vancouver Province "After the first period of Vancouver’s pre-season opener Monday there were a few of us in the media thinking an apology to former coach Alain Vigneault needed to be dispatched. All this time spent giving him the gears for overplaying Ryan Kesler and then watching Kes break down at the end of the..." September 17

  • Ryan Kesler's disturbingly quiet night

    Vancouver Sun "Oh, how we long for those carefree spring days when the only medical intrigue surrounded goalie Cory Schneider and the Vancouver Canucks didn't trail anyone in the playoffs. Seems like only yesterday. Technically, it's not possible to lose a seven-game National Hockey League series on opening..." May 02

  • Healthy Kesler poised to flip switch into 'Beast Mode'

    Vancouver Province "Joe Thornton wanted to fight him before the opening faceoff in the first playoff encounter. Ryane Clowe later said if some guys met him in a back alley, “there would be some stuff happening.” Ryan Kesler grins of what transpired two years ago. He agitated the San Jose Sharks to such a degree..." May 01

  • Kesler and his wicked wrister give Canucks a shot in the arm

    Vancouver Province "On Ryan Kesler’s most promising play this road trip, he didn’t score. He didn’t set anyone up, and didn’t defend a pivotal scoring chance. In fact, it’s a play that had no impact whatsoever on a game. But when Kesler was killing a penalty late in the second period Monday in Nashville, it..." April 18

  • Kesler scores, Schneider posts another shutout as Canucks win 2-0

    Vancouver Sun "Ryan Kesler is back and that makes the Vancouver Canucks better. If there was any doubt about that, Kesler gave us a reminder early in Monday night's 2-0 win over the Phoenix Coyotes at Rogers Arena. He created a scoring chance off the rush on his first shift and then scored Vancouver's..." April 09

  • Canucks' Ryan Kesler will return to lineup tonight

    Vancouver Province "Vancouver will be boosted by the return of second line centre Ryan Kesler, who’s played just seven games this season. Kesler missed the first 12 games of the season due to off-season shoulder surgery, but fractured his foot in his first game back. He tried to play through the injury but packed..." April 08

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    Vancouver Canucks @

    Kesler will return to the Canucks line-up tonight.

  • Canucks star Ryan Kesler out indefinitely with broken foot

    Vancouver Sun "Losers of two straight games and five of their last seven, the Vancouver Canucks lost off the ice Wednesday when it was revealed that centre Ryan Kesler has a fractured right foot and is sidelined until further notice. Canuck head coach Alain Vigneault was uncertain how long Kesler will be out..." February 28

  • Kesler Suffers Broken Foot, Malhotra Speaks to Media

    Nucks Misconduct "UPDATE (1:24 PST): Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault has confirmed that Ryan Kesler has fractured his foot. When asked on how long Kesler would be out, Vigneault said that he's not sure how long he'll be out, but any fracture generally takes 4-6 weeks to recover from. If Kesler is indeed out for..." February 27

  • Canucks: No more baby steps — Kesler’s back

    Vancouver Province "Ryan Kesler is back. At least, that’s what head coach Alain Vigneault promised. Vigneault said he’s planning to give Kesler limited minutes against the Dallas Stars. Kesler was coy about it, claiming he didn’t know he was playing. Maybe he didn’t. It wouldn’t be the first time he wasn’t on..." February 15

  • Ryan Kesler cleared to play, could be on ice with Canucks on Friday

    CBSSports.com "The Vancouver Canucks might have just lost one center, but they are on the verge of getting another one back. Earlier Thursday, the Canucks announced Manny Malhotra is done for the season but, a short while later, said Ryan Kesler has been cleared for contact. Now it sounds like all systems are..." February 14

  • 'Strength isn't there' for Kesler, but Vigneault says he 'looks real good'

    Vancouver Province "Ryan Kesler didn’t sound like he’s close to returning to the lineup. As much as Alain Vigneault marvelled at how good the Vancouver Canucks centre looked Wednesday — taking part in his second practice after being medically cleared for light contact following offseason left shoulder and wrist..." February 07

  • Kesler takes first full practice, but still a ways from playing

    Vancouver Province "Ryan Kesler is finally back at practice. His teammates good-natured ribbing of him is in playoff form, mind you. Kesler took to the ice in a Vancouver Canucks' full workout for the first time this season on Sunday. He led the opening stretch sequence, prompting both a rousing stick tapping from..." February 04

  • Replacing Kesler Will, Of Course, Suck

    Nucks Misconduct "If you remember the end of the last season (like basically a year ago) you might remember your Vancouver Canucks had a bit of a problem putting the biscuit in the basket. When the Sedins account for 22% of the offensive production and their game hits a snag (cough cough) then we all naturally cast..." January 07

  • A numerical perspective on Ryan Kesler

    Winnipeg Free Press "It would be easy to pin Ryan Kesler's struggles on a 10.6% shooting rate, the lowest that he's had since before he'd established himself as a 20-goal scorer. Or, it would also be too simplistic to say that Kesler's shot distance, on average, is from a foot further back this season than it was..." January 19

  • Gillis defends Kesler's bravado in brush-up with Red Wings' Kronwall

    Vancouver Province "In a post-game summation with the needle on his intensity meter still cranked high, Ryan Kesler offered one perspective on a night that turned out right — even if he didn't get the chance to avenge a heavy hit from Niklas Kronwall by challenging the big blueliner to a third-period fight. "It..." December 23

  • Canucks' Ryan Kesler objects to hit by Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall

    Detroit Free Press "Canucks forward Ryan Kesler called out Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall after a bone-crushing hit. Kesler -- whose Canucks took the game, 4-2, at Rogers Arena -- was furious after getting slammed into the boards early in the third period of a 3-2 game. Kesler was near the puck and had his..." December 22

  • Chris Conner, Ryan Kesler skate by odds

    Detroit News "Chris Conner still can't believe it sometimes, figuring the odds are astronomical. Conner and Vancouver's Ryan Kesler lived in the same neighborhood in Westland growing up, playing hockey whenever they could. Both would, obviously, reach the NHL. "I've thought about that," Conner said...." December 20

  • Canuck notes: Kesler comeback coincides with Canuck run

    Vancouver Sun "It's like that scene from the movie Jerry Maguire, when Jerry (Tom Cruise) says to Dorothy (Renee Zellweger), "you. . .you complete me." That's kind of the way the Vancouver Canucks feel about Ryan Kesler. He may not exactly complete them, but he sure makes them better when he is at the top..." December 12