The Blackhawks haven't always gotten along with Ryan Kesler, but could the Canucks forward be coming to Chicago?
Kesler, a big-time Blackhawks rival in Vancouver, is one of the bigger names floating around in NHL trade rumors as the trade deadline approaches. Given some believe the Hawks could use another center and the fact that more firepower could be required with Marian Hossa sidelined, would Kesler be a trade option for Stan Bowman and Co.?
The Hawks haven't been shy about bringing in former rivals in the past. Remember Dan Carcillo, who got on Hawks fans' nerves plenty as a Flyer before becoming a fan favorite in Chicago.
And don't forget that Olympic connection, as Kesler and Patrick Kane were Team USA teammates — even playing on the same line — in Sochi.
But Sun-Times Blackhawks reporter Mark Lazerus thinks it's unlikely.
"Ryan Kesler has Chicago on his trade list, reportedly. I don't see it happening," Lazerus told CSN's Pat Boyle on a Monday edition of SportsNet Central. "The Hawks would have to give up an awful lot to get a $5 or $6 million-a-year player on the team. He's injured right now, he's got that hand injury he suffered in Sochi. I don't think it's the right fit for them. I don't think it's going to happen."
So if Kesler doesn't wind up on W Madison St., where will he wind up?
"I wouldn't be shocked if Pittsburgh went out and tried to make a big splash like they did last year and get him. (Pittsburgh is) also on his trade list," Lazerus pointed out. "They've got a lot of injuries right now, and they've got to compete with the Boston Bruins in the East. Wouldn't be shocked if that trade is made, but I also wouldn't be shocked if Kesler stays put. It's a lot to ask for."
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