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The Vancouver Canucks seem to be in a firesale, and Ryan Kesler is the team's best asset.
But could he be a Ranger?
No. It's not going to happen. According to Brooks, Kesler refused to waive his no-trade clause to come to New York.
While he is familiar with Alain Vigneault, that seems to be the reason why he doesn't want to come to New York. According to Brad Ziemer of the National Post, Kesler had this to say about Vigneault, after Vigneault criticized the center for not getting his wingers involved enough:
“Me utilize my players? Obviously, I don’t know what he means by that and if he wants to say that he can come to me and talk to me about it. I am going to play my game, the things that have made me successful. I know what that is and if he wants to come talk to me he is more than welcome.
While it's not entirely the Rangers' fault that Kesler did not want to come, it does hurt them. After all, Kesler would have represented a significant upgrade over Derek Stepan.
In a down year, Kesler has 21 goals and 18 assists. Stepan has just 10 goals. When he's on his game, Kesler is a better offensive and defensive player.
Think about it: In Sochi, Kesler was the No. 1 center for the Americans. Stepan was No. 5 on the depth chart.
Again, it's not entirely the Rangers' fault, but it's significant. Adding Kesler would have made the Rangers a real threat to Pittsburgh and Boston. They are not going to find a center on the market that could bring size, speed and skill.
That's why the non-move gets a "C."