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Ryan Kesler | Center

Team: Anaheim Ducks
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/31/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 202
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Ryan Kesler, who was acquired in a trade by the Ducks from the Canucks hours ahead of Friday night's NHL Entry Draft, spent all 10 years of his NHL career with Vancouver but is excited about going to Anaheim.
"For me and my family, it's a positive move," Kesler said. "We’re excited to be going to Anaheim. At the same time, we've called Vancouver home for the last 11 years. We have friends on the team, friends in the city and the organization has treated us very well. Saying that, I'm going to Anaheim to win a championship. That's going to be my sole goal and my team's sole goal. That's basically it." Jun 28 - 8:44 AM

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Ryan Kesler doesn't think the Vancouver Canucks will be competitive in the near future.

That motivated Kesler to a request a trade. "Last year, the season was tough on all the players who play for the Canucks," Kesler said. "I hate losing, and that season was painful, to be honest. The fact that they’re in a rebuild and looking to get younger, and years away from being a contender, it was just time for me to move on and win, and hopefully take home a championship." The Ducks are certainly a competitive team, especially with Kesler leading their second line. This core has to prove it can perform in the playoffs though as Anaheim hasn't gotten past the second round since they won the Cup in 2007.
Jun 27 - 5:59 PM

The Vancouver Canucks have traded Ryan Kesler and a third round draft pick to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa, the 24th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, and a third round selection.

Kesler has struggled offensively over the last three years, in part due to injuries, but the change of scenery should do him some good. It's worth adding that while he had just 43 points in 77 games last season, the Canucks offense as a whole suffered under former coach John Tortorella. Kesler also plays a physical game and is good on the draw. He figures to serve as the Ducks' second-line center.
Jun 27 - 1:58 PM

Ryan Kesler is reportedly on the verge of being traded to the Anaheim Ducks.

No details yet in terms of what the Ducks would give Vancouver in return. What we can safely say is that Kesler would serve as the team's second-line center, scoring the team two great scoring lines.
Jun 27 - 1:50 PM

Ryan Kesler's trade out of Vancouver could be inching closer to completion, according to Darren Dreger of TSN.

He didn't have a destination worked out, but said a deal may occur within 24 hours at around 3:00 p.m. ET. Stay tuned as Kesler trade rumors are sure to heat up heading into the first day of the NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
Jun 26 - 4:21 PM

According to multiple sources, ESPN is reporting that Chicago and Anaheim are the frontrunners for Ryan Kesler.

However, it's believed that no trade for Kesler is imminent and the Canucks won't move him unless they feel they are getting far value in the deal. One source said that the Pittsburgh Penguins remain in the mix as well.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 24 - 5:00 PM

Chicago and St. Louis are now interested in the services of Ryan Kesler.

The two teams join Pittsburgh and Anaheim as Kesler has stated he wants out of Vancouver but wants to go to a contender as he still has a no-trade contract. Chicago may be a tough trade as the Blackhawks are nearing the salary cap ceiling and still need to sign Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to long-term extensions, while the Blues have plenty of room under the cap. Kesler will be a top-six forward wherever he goes so his fantasy value will not suffer.
Jun 22 - 9:37 AM

TSN says center Ryan Kesler hasn't changed his mind and wants out of Vancouver.

Reporter Darren Dreger says Kesler "wants a fresh start and to move on from Vancouver; he met with (new Canucks GM Jim) Benning earlier this week to talk about that. It's believed that Kesler still has six teams on his list that he's willing to be traded to. And we think that Philadelphia and Anaheim are among those."
Source: tsn.ca
Jun 7 - 11:54 AM

New Canucks GM Jim Benning would like to meet with disgruntled forward Ryan Kesler.

Kesler's agent, Kurt Overhardt, confirmed that he and Kesler met with Vancouver team president Trevor Linden together and Kesler met Linden on another occasion. They are slated to speak with Benning and whoever becomes the club's new head coach. According to the CBC's Elliotte Friedman, Kesler wants to play for a contender and it's unclear what it would take to keep him in Vancouver.
Source: CBC.ca
May 26 - 6:33 PM

The Anaheim Ducks might go after Ryan Kesler over the summer.

Anaheim reportedly made the Vancouver Canucks an offer for Kesler during the trade deadline, but couldn't work something out in time. Getting Kesler would go a long way towards solidifying their second line. For his part, Kesler has expressed an interest in staying with the Canucks.
May 21 - 9:07 AM

Ryan Kesler doesn't want to be traded over the summer.

"This has been my home since my adulthood," Kesler said. "This is really the only city I know besides Michigan. I love it here and hopefully I can stay." The Canucks shopped Kesler before the trade deadline, but ultimately weren't satisfied with the offers they got. Despite Kesler's wishes to the contrary, the team might end up moving him as they shift their gaze more towards the future.
Apr 16 - 11:06 AM

Ryan Kesler has gone the last 18 games without picking up an assist.

That's a streak expected for a defensive defenseman and not a scorer like Kesler who has 24 goals and 42 points this season. He picked up his last assist on January 31.
Apr 8 - 11:18 AM

Ryan Kesler scored a lone goal in Vancouver's 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers Tuesday night.

Kesler now has 24 goals and 18 assists with an awful minus-15 rating in 72 games this season. Daniel Sedin assisted the lone goal.
Apr 2 - 3:09 AM

Ryan Kesler scored a goal in the Canucks' 5-2 win on Wednesday.

It was Kesler's second game back from a knee injury. He has 23 goals and 41 points in 69 games this season.
Mar 27 - 11:08 AM

Ryan Kesler (knee) returned to action on Sunday.

Kesler missed four games with a knee injury and saw plenty of ice time as he played 22:26 minutes without a point. The Canucks only have nine games remaining and they need Kesler to be a big force if they hope to make the playoffs. Kesler has 22 goals and 40 points with 77 penalty minutes but his fantasy value is curbed with a minus-14 rating.
Mar 24 - 1:30 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Getzlaf
2Ryan Kesler
3Rickard Rakell
4Nate Thompson
LW1Emerson Etem
2Jakob Silfverberg
3Dany Heatley
4Matt Beleskey
5Patrick Maroon
6Nick Ritchie
RW1Corey Perry
2Andrew Cogliano
3Kyle Palmieri
4Tim Jackman
D1Cam Fowler
2Francois Beauchemin
3Hampus Lindholm
4Ben Lovejoy
5Bryan Allen
6Sami Vatanen
7Clayton Stoner
8Mark Fistric
9Sheldon Souray
G1Frederik Andersen
2Jason LaBarbera
3John Gibson