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February 28, 2014 | 5:50pm ET
Kesler attracting significant interest
TheFourthPeriod.com

The amount of teams that have inquired about the price tag on Canucks star Ryan Kesler has significantly increased this week, as Vancouver entertains offers for him.

Kesler reportedly asked to be traded earlier in the season, though news of his request just broke this week.

Kesler and his agent both denied the claims, though multiple sources have told TFP that he would welcome a change of scenery.

The Canucks have been accepting calls for Kesler since prior to the Olympic break, and roughly half the teams in the league have already shown serious interest in the 29-year-old.

It's believed the Detroit Red Wings are one of the teams interested in Kesler, as well as Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler.

The Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils are also among the teams interested in Kesler.

Kesler, a Michigan native, has two-years left on his contract beyond this season, at $5 million per season, and owns a no-trade clause.

According to one league source, if Kesler is not traded by the March 5 deadline, the Canucks will continue to explore the possibility in the summer. However, with the amount of interest in Kesler right now, a deal could be reached in the coming days.

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


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