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March 2, 2014 | 9:17am ET
Blackhawks eyeing Kesler, Brodeur
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Chicago Blackhawks are believed to be seriously interested in acquiring stars Ryan Kesler from the Vancouver Canucks and Martin Brodeur from the New Jersey Devils.

Kesler, 29, has two-years left on his contract beyond this season, but owns a no-trade clause and must approve any deal the Canucks try to complete.

Multiple league sources have told TFP that the Blackhawks are extremely interested in acquiring Kesler, but they aren't alone.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have tabled an offer for Kesler and are also pushing hard to acquire him, while the Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets are also very interested.

TFP has learned that the Canucks' preference is to trade Kesler by the March 5 trade deadline, but if a deal cannot be reached, they will revisit discussions in the summer.

The Canucks are asking for a young NHL-proven forward, a top prospect and a high draft pick in exchange for Kesler.

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman is also trying to acquire Brodeur.

Brodeur, 41, has reportedly agreed to waive his no-trade clause and wants to be given more ice time on a Stanley Cup contender.

"There are only two games left before the trade deadline. We'll see what that's going to bring me," Brodeur told reporters, as quoted by the Newark Star-Ledger.


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