Pierre LeBrun of ESPN has reported the Flyers are interested in Canucks forward Ryan Kesler (29) and defenseman Alexander Edler (27):
No shortage of teams interested in Canucks center Ryan Kesler, and you can add Philadelphia to that list. Mind you, the Flyers could be just as interested in Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler.
Have to imagine that the Canucks’ asking price in any Kesler deal would start with Brayden Schenn, and I’m not sure the Flyers would go there.
The Flyers have liked Ryan Kesler since forever, having signed him to a one year $1.9 million offer sheet when he was unproven in 2006, which was matched by Vancouver.
Scouting report from The Hockey News: A polished two-way performer, he displays both offensive acumen and shutdown capability. Can play wing if need be and has tremendous determination. Has the size teams crave at the center position. Gets under opponents' skin. Is money standing in front of the opposing goal on power plays.
Kesler has 39 points (21-18) in 61 games this season. The 6' 2" 202 pound forward's hardware includes a Frank J. Selke Trophy in 2011, an All-Star Game appearance that same season, and a silver medal during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Kelser's cap hit is $5 million till the end of the 2016 season.
Edler's scouting report: An excellent physical package, he owns an imposing frame, smooth fundamentals and all-round acumen. Can play on the power play, where he displays poise, composure and a heavy point shot. Excels in one-on-one situations.
I hope the Flyers address the more pressing need and make a push for Edler who has 15 points (5-10) in 43 games while averaging 23:27 TOI this season. Edler played in the 2012 All-Star game and won a silver medal with Sweden in Sochi a week ago. The 6'4" 220 pound defenseman's cap hit is also $5 million, but till the end of the 2019 season.
The NHL trade deadline is Wednesday at 3:00 PM.
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