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Keeping Kesler

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The “Bull” is a nickname Ryan Kesler has had since joining the Canucks. Rarely is it used in conversation when talking about Kesler due to the fact that it is far from original, but it does have some meaning in terms of what is actually going on between the Canucks organization and Kesler’s agent. With both parties locking horns, it has left the Bull seeing red.

"I love it here, I really do," Kesler said. "But it's probably unrealistic to say I'm going to stay in the same spot forever.”

You see, contract negotiations between GM Mike Gillis and Ryan Kesler’s agent have come to a stand still, and won’t be brought up again until after the season is over, close to when Kesler becomes a restricted free agent. The Agent for Kesler, Kurt Overhardt, is quoted as saying "It's disappointing because based on the marketplace, it's not a difficult deal to get done for a core player like this. There's just not a lot of logic in waiting."

Maybe that’s spoken like an agent, but he does have a good point. Waiting until the end of the season could hurt the Canucks, as Kesler may not want to talk contract now until after he gets offers from other teams.

Kesler is more than just a second line center. Let’s look at the numbers. As of mid-March, Ryan Kesler has 64 points on the season. He is tied for points with Jerome Iginla, and only 2 points behind Ryan Geztlaf, 5 points behind Evgeni Malkin, and 6 points behind Alexander Semin. Granted he has played a handful more games than some of these players, but he has stayed healthy all season allowing the reliable center to be tied for 23rd overall in league scoring.

His 44 assists puts him in a tie for 15th in the league, 2 assists ahead of Sid the Kid and 3 ahead of Vincent Lecavalier.

So what is Ryan Kesler worth?

Well, Ryan and his agent are asking for around 5 million a season. He is currently making 1.75 million, a bargain for what he brings to the team, and I’m not just referring to the points. The Canucks are trying to get him to stay around 4 million a season, which is the same amount that Pavol Demitra is currently making. Keeping in mind that Iginla is making 7 million a season to put up the same points, 5 million doesn’t sound so bad.

Should we be worried? Kesler is from the Detroit area, and would love a chance to play at home. He also played for Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson for the Americans, who said prior to the Olympic break, "I really like the way Ryan Kesler plays the game. He's got great speed and I think you're seeing him start to hit stride and enter the early part of the prime of his career." Brian Burke also drafted this kid so it wouldn't surprise me if Toronto threw money at him this summer hoping Vancouver wouldn't match the offer. And let's not forget the Flyers offering Kesler 1.9 million the last time he was a restricted free agent forcing the Canucks to match.

So what will happen to this American born player? Maybe the 5 million dollar question is, are the Canucks willing to spend the money within their cap space.

For more information on talks between Kesler and his agent, and where I got my quotes from, follow the link below.

http://www.canada.com/sports/Canucks+contract+talks+with+Kesler+until+after+season/2506266/story.html

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Not a bad article, but research a little more. Toronto CAN'T throw money at Kesler as an RFA, unless they re-acquire their 2011 1st rounder from Boston. And last I heard, Ryan is seeking over 5.

I expect this to end with a 5-year deal worth about 4.75 per.

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If they offer over 5 ... something or other (not sure of exact total related to Kesler's age I believe) it's huge picks coming Canucks way.

If a lower standing team were to offer I think the Canucks would be waiting to accept that as much as they would hate to lose the Kes.

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Kelser should talk to his buddy Burrows(Canadian) and sign for a bit less so the Canucks can finally win the cup. 4.75 sounds perfect. But since money, and not the stanley cup, is quite clearly Kesler's priority, sign him for 5.5 for 2 seasons and dump his american money loving donkey. We will have replacements by then anyways smile.gif that being said, MG is no push over and I do hope he gets this deal done for under 5 mil.

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If any team is willing to throw 5mil/season at Kesler, we'll take the boatload of draftpicks. I really hate Kesler's agent, btw...

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If any team is willing to throw 5mil/season at Kesler, we'll take the boatload of draftpicks. I really hate Kesler's agent, btw...

Totally agree. If Kesler can be locked up for less than 5 mil then go for it but if he wants first line money and we dont have a first line spot for him then its not worth it. We should take the pics, resign grabner, and then set off on a journey to try and find a replacement.

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guys like kes are rare; speed, energy, grit, penalty killing, selke nomination, top notch work ethic every night, durable, 20+ goals. i say give him whatever he wants and get him locked up long term. feel free to disagree but make a list of guys who can do all the things he does as well as he does, keeping in mind his development since he came up and that he's getting better. there's not a lot of guys who bring what he brings at any price so if you're thinking "let him walk if he wants too much. we'll just replace him" you're head isn't screwed on right. this is a guy you hang on to. if the canucks let him go...think cam neely

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The better he's been playing the more I've been worried about him staying. He's definitely more than an average 2nd line centre for sure...and in my eyes I think he can elevate his game to first-line status.

Has this fish grown too big for our pond?

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Remember there are still two up and coming centers in Hodgson and Shroeder, however I would still prefer to keep Kesler long term, he brings so much to the table that lots of other teams are looking for. Also Toronto can't make an offer because they have no draft picks. Pavol Demitra is ufa after this season so just hand over his cap to kesler and bring up hodgson on his entry level contract, no prob. But who knows, Gillis knows what hes doing, I trust he will make the right choices.

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I like Kessler no doubt, he is a good player - this is not just about him - players who sign long term contract the performance like roller-coaster. Anyway reasonable amount between 3.5 - 4.0 mil.

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low and behold, Ryan Kesler just signed for 6 years, 30 million dollars. Maybe Gillis read my article haha, i wish!

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