Kesler obviously loves Vancouver, and wants to be a big part of the city for a long time. A millionaire doesn't go bag groceries and serve donuts just for s**ts and giggles.
On top of this, our D-core is generally excellent already, but without Kesler our team's most glaring need is obviously 2nd line center. So the trade proposed doesn't make a lick of sense.
The Canucks defensive core is far from excellent. I would prefer to wait until July 1st when teams can make offers to Nashville, and trade Edler, Booth, Schroeder, and draft picks for Weber. King is right about one thing (I just puked in my mouth a little) Weber is not staying in Nashville. If he was, they would have signed the no trade clause and no movement clause he requested.
Poile chose not to. They will unload him for a package like I have suggested which is fair.
Yeah, yeah, Edler has more points than Weber this season, but Weber is a complete defenseman who has a far more dangerous shot than Edler and is far more dangerous to opposing forwards entering the zone. He stands up for his teammates and is one of, if not the best defensman in the league.
However one does not merely trade away a Selke winner and one of the best two way centers in the game. Have their been issues regarding AV and Kesler? Yes. If their is a casualty of this it would be AV not Kesler, but AV seems to be keeping his unnecessary comments to himself lately. Ryan Kesler is not asking for a trade and hasn't been. He has ties to the city and good friends on the team (Bieksa, Higgins, Burrows)
Adding Weber to our blueline is a win win. He is good friends with Dan Hamhuis from their years together in Nashville. He would anchor the defensive corps for years to come and be a menace on the power play. He would gladly come to play for a contender and make us an even tougher team than we are already.
Edited by Canuck-a-nuck, 07 February 2013 - 12:31 PM.