Should the Caps make a trade? Chuck Gormley takes a look
After starring on the United States' hockey team in the Sochi Olympics, Ryan Kesler has returned to the Vancouver Canucks surrounded by trade rumors. Did he request a trade, or not? It's hard to figure out which side is telling the truth.
Either way, the speculation as to where Kesler could land is heating up, and one national writer thinks the Capitals should make a call. Jason Brough of ProHockeyTalk.com says he would kick the tires on Kesler if he were the Caps.
Here is his reasoning:
"If I had to pick one team that really needs a player like Kesler, Washington would be right up there… right now they don’t have an elite two-way center like Jonathan Toews, Patrice Bergeron, Anze Kopitar, or Pavel Datsyuk, all of whom have put their names on Stanley Cups in recent seasons. Kesler nearly did in 2011, the year he won the Selke Trophy. I’m not sure the Caps have the pieces to get Kesler, and I’m not sure he’d agree to go to DC. But if I’m George McPhee, I’m at least giving Mike Gillis a call."
Kesler, 29, has 39 points (21 goals, 18 assists) in 61 games this season. Seven of his goals have come on the power play.
The Michigan-native has been linked to the Red Wings given his hometown, but there will surely be interest from a good number of teams.
Would Kesler be a good fit in Washington?