NHL Notes: Kesler reportedly wants out of Vancouver

NHL Notes: Kesler reportedly wants out of Vancouver
June 7, 2014, 6:00 pm
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Despite new management, Ryan Kesler could be on his way out of Vancouver. (USA Today Images)

After 10 years, Ryan Kesler’s tenure in Vancouver could be coming to an end.

The Olympian and former NHL All-Star has continued to maintain that he would like the Canucks to trade him, as reported by TSN’s Darren Dreger on Insider Trading.

According to Dreger, the Flyers are on Kesler’s short list of teams he would like to join, along with the Ducks.

“[Kesler] wants a fresh start and to move on from Vancouver; he met with [new 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,” said Dreger per TSN.ca.

This isn’t the first time Philadelphia has been named as a potential destination for the veteran center. The Flyers were one of a number of teams liked to Kesler when the Canucks were rumored to be shopping him during March’s trade deadline.

The decision on what to do with Kesler will be one of the first decisions that the Canucks’ new management will have to make. Benning and new President Trevor Linden were both hired in the past month.

A member of the United States Olympic team in 2010 and 2014, Kesler was an All-Star in 2011, the same year he was given the Selke Award as the NHL’s best defensive forward.

Sharks: Toronto interested in Thornton
After missing the playoffs this season, the Toronto Maple Leafs don’t appear to be satisfied with the current state of their roster.

According to Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun, the Leafs are seriously interested in trading for San Jose Sharks captain Joe Thornton.

A six-time All-Star and the recipient of the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP in 2006, Thornton turned 35 this season but remains one of the league’s top playmakers. The center finished second in the league in assists to Sidney Crosby with 65.

If the Maple Leafs do attempt to trade for Thornton, defenseman Jake Gardiner and center Nazem Kadri could be two of the players that get moved, according to ProHockeyTalk.

The Maple Leafs, who have not won a Stanley Cup since 1968, could be a fitting destination for Thornton, who has yet to win a championship in his 17-year career.

Devils: Brodeur to test market
Not content to remain a backup for the organization that he has been the face of for over two decades, Martin Brodeur could be on his way out in New Jersey.

Talking to ESPN.com, Brodeur said he is going to explore his options when free agency begins next month.

“I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m definitely going to be available July 1,” Brodeur said. “I want to play one more season and I want to see what’s out there."

Having spent his entire 23-year career with the Devils, the 42-year old Brodeur has won three Stanley Cups and four Vezina trophies. He is also the league’s all-time leader in wins, shutouts, and games played.

Brodeur saw his playing time decrease this season after the Devils acquired goalie Cory Schneider from the Vancouver Canucks in the offseason. The future Hall of Famer started just 39 games this season, as opposed to 43 for Schneider.

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