Originally posted on Sports Mockery  |  Last updated 3/2/14

Chicago Blackhawks Hockey - March 5th is the NHL trade deadline and the deals are already starting to happen around the league. The biggest name being mentioned in rumors is the 29 year old center Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler. After years of being a royal pain in the ass to the Chicago Blackhawks, the Blackhawks have found their way on a very short list of teams Ryan Kesler will play for. Kesler Asks to be Traded Earlier last week it became public knowledge that Kesler informed the Vancouver Canucks that he wants to be traded. Then, of course, Vancouver tried to do a little PR work and said that Kesler didn’t ask for a trade and is “Very happy here.” Then there is this Whether Kesler requested traded, and I can neither confirm nor reject the report, teams have been calling VAN on him. Canucks are listening. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 27, 2014   So after the little run around it looks like Kesler is going to be traded either by the March 5th deadline (not likely) or during the upcoming off-season. Kesler has a full no trade clause in his contract and has informed the Canucks upper management a list of teams he’ll except a trade to. The teams are the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks. Did you pick up on that pattern? Kesler want to go to the East Coast but is willing to go to the mid-west to play for the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. One HUGE problem….what does Vancouver want for the centerman? Getting Kesler Comes with a Hefty Price Whoa Doctor!!!! Vancouver isn’t going to let go of Kesler for cheap…. Price to get Kesler is high. 1. Significant/established NHLer, preferably a C, 20 to 25; 2. Top prospect, preferably a F. 3. 1st rd pick. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 2, 2014 So to translate this to all Blackhawks fans that would mean Brandon Saad, Brandon Pirri, and a first round pick for the answer to the second line center problem. .GIF In my opinion that is way to steep of a price for Kesler. Yes it would be awesome to see the above average two-way forward centering a line with fellow Team USA teammate Patrick Kane, but to give up on a talent like Saad and Pirri right now (Saad who’ve you won a Cup with already) for a center who is going to be 30 in August and has, lately, been bitten by the injury bug quite often. It just seems like an unnecessary risk. If I was going to put a bet on where Kesler ends up I would put a good chunk of change on Pittsburgh, from Rob Russi, “The Penguins can afford to fit Kesler’s $5 million average annual salary under the $64.3 million salary cap. They will have extra room because Letang ($3.5 million) and right winger Pascal Dupuis ($3.75 million) could come off their cap by being placed on the long-term injury list. Dupuis (ACL surgery) is out for the season. Letang will be re-evaluated in three weeks, but he is not projected to play again until next season.” The deadline is March 5th so make sure to check Sports Mockery’s Facebook/Twitter for any breaking news on Chicago Blackhawks Trades. Author informationMatt ZawaskiManaging Media Editor at Sports MockeryQuestions or comments please contact info@sportsmockery.com - Thank You for readingTwitterFacebookGoogle+The post Trade Rumor; Ryan Kesler to Chicago Blackhawks appeared first on Sports Mockery.

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