Thursday, September 14, 2006

CANUCKS SIGN KESLER AT BOBBY'S PRICE

This afternoon the Canucks matched Clarke's offer and signed Ryan Kesler to a 1-year, $1.9 million contract.
Clarke has officially inflated Kesler's salary with his offer a couple days ago, and it was a controversial move. The Canucks were looking to sign Kesler for half of Clarke's offer.
I believe this puts the Canucks at over $42 million in salaries, which really isn't that much room to breathe. Will Canuck GM Dave Nonis make a trade to free up some cap room? This will be the speculation over the next few days. I don't think he will.
I believe the rule is that the Canucks cannot trade Kesler for one year since Clarke made the offer and the Nucks matched. Too bad, because it would be efficient for Nonis to try trade Kesler to any team who would be willing to bite, but as Hodge said: "who would pay Kesler that kind of money besides Clarke?"
This is unfortunate for the Canucks, because as Sportsnet put it: Kesler is a checking center who only had 10 goals last season.
Why did Nonis match the offer? Does he see alot of upside in Kesler? Was it a stand to say f**k you to Bobby Clarke? He would have been better off to let him go, take the 2nd round pick, and use the $1.9 million on someone like Yanic Perrault perhaps.
What are your thoughts on this?

4 Comments:

At September 14, 2006 at 6:35 PM , Blogger Temujin said...

The pressure is now squarely on Kesler to earn his salary. Anything less than 40 points and he will not see an offer sheet for $1.9 next year!

But how can a third line centre get 40 points? Who do you think his linemates will be?

I sure hope Kesler surprises me.

 
At September 14, 2006 at 7:58 PM , Blogger reality check said...

I believe Kesler can be traded, just not to the Flyers.

 
At September 14, 2006 at 9:45 PM , Blogger -Beaner- said...

I believe Columbus and Vancouver are going to make a blockbuster trade to get Anson......geez, for a measley $600,000 more, we could of had him anyway....and Kesler could have been on his merry little way.

 
At September 14, 2006 at 11:40 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Yeah talk about unforeseen circumstances.

 

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