It has to be very concerning for Vancouver fans right about now. Word has it that Ryan Kesler has submitted a list of teams he would accept a trade to. The recently resigned Henrik and Daniel Sedin have followed up their new contracts with a sub-par, injury filled season and the goaltending controversy that they appeared to have fixed less than a year ago is rearing its ugly head yet again. Mike Gillis has a mess on his hands. He dealt Cody Hodgson a couple of seasons ago for Zack Kassian. Kassian has not developed into the power forward they anticipated. Their top defenseman Alex Edler has struggled mightily this season as well and has also found himself in the rumor mill. On top of all of this, this is the second straight season and the second straight coach who has created a two headed monster in the crease. Roberto Luongo is again at risk of losing starts to a young back up in Eddie Lack. This team is reaching a point of no return. At some point, it just might implode. It's time to break it down and start over. Maybe they can get the Sedin's, even though they both have no trade/movement clauses, to accept a deal if they were to stay together. They would sure bring in a good return, as would Edler. Kesler may be the most valuable piece here and at 29 years old now is the best time to move him. He plays a physical game and his body is sure to show wear and tear earlier than most players. The price will be high, but the return will help keep Vancouver afloat and from having to go through an entire rebuild. The Canucks have a mess on their hands. It's time to act before it gets worse.
One has to wonder, though, is Kesler really attainable? In the last draft Gillis gave up Cory Schneider for a first round pick from New Jersey which resulted in Bo Horvat. While it's nothing against Horvat, Schneider is proving to be the perfect replacement for Martin Brodeur. In fact, he is such a good replacement, he took the number one job over from the future Hall of Famer earlier than expected - proving that he is worth far more than a single first round pick. Gillis won't get snowed again on a Kesler deal. Kesler isn't the only big name available it seems. Martin St. Louis is reportedly pushing his way to the Big Apple and Ryan Callahan is pushing his way out. Some have suggested a swap of the two but even with Callahan's youth he does not match the value a Marty St. Louis brings.
While the rumors run rampant, it's entertaining to listen to and try to put the teams and deals together. The next three days could bring some huge moves and shocks to the league. The rest of this season leading up to and including the draft may be one of the most surprising in years.