RoyalDude wrote:It's a real treat listening to the Toronto sports media downplay Keslers value on the open market.
I think they are concerned the Nucks might reap some hefty rewards for Kesler. They love bringing up Spezza, Thornton, Marleau. Hoping that their availability will lower the premium on Keslers value.
In spite of the fact that those 3 guys are much better offensive producers, Kesler's value to teams like Anaheim, is that he is a legitimate top-6 forward who can play a shutdown role while contributing offensively behind a bonafide first line center. Thornton, Spezza, and Marleau, are all top-3 forwards who are less defensively inclined. Couple that with the fact that Kesler is $2M cheaper than any of them, and Kes sits atop the pile so far as contending teams are concerned.
Would anyone here take the following.....
To VAN: Etem + Theodore + 10th overall
To ANA: Kesler
To FLA: 6th or 10th + Garrison or Edler or Tanev + Higgins or Hansen
To VAN: 1st overall
Canucks come away with 2 picks in the top 10 (Reinhart and a good shot at Virtanen) a good prospect on the blueline, and Etem.
To me that's making out like gangbusters for a guy who doesn't want to be here, a top-4, and a guy who is instantly replaceable by Santorelli.....
It might take more to land that 1st overall though.....they are rarely traded for a reason.