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Hockey Night in CanadaRyan Kesler trade talk swirls in Vancouver

Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 | 12:28 PM

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Ryan Kesler would reportedly welcome a trade out of Vancouver, though the Canucks forward denies it. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Ryan Kesler would reportedly welcome a trade out of Vancouver, though the Canucks forward denies it. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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The Vancouver Canucks need to save a season going bad with a splash at the NHL trade deadline, and most of the talk surrounds veteran centre Ryan Kesler.

After checking in on the Flames, Oilers, Canadiens, Senators, Maple Leafs and Jets, the Vancouver Canucks are the final installment in our look at the seven Canadian clubs before the NHL trade deadline on Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET.

The situation: The Canucks have made the playoffs in five straight seasons, but they have won only one post-season game since they lost Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup final to Boston ... Most of the trade talk in Vancouver centres around veteran star Ryan Kesler. Coming out of the Sochi Olympics, there were reports that Kesler wanted out of Vancouver, but he denied the chatter. Not many have bought Kesler's refutation, and the Canucks have been listening to offers. The Vancouver Province reported that Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Detroit are the frontrunners to land Kesler ... Canucks general manager Mike Gillis brought in Sami Pahlsson two years ago and Derek Roy last year as short-term solutions and Vancouver went out in the first round ... Vancouver has a favourable schedule remaining, with 10 of the 19 games against teams even with or below the Canucks in the overall standings and six of their last seven games at home. But the Canucks haven't beat many teams lately. They have gone 5-14-3 in the New Year and have scored only eight times in their last seven games.

Playoff hopes: The Canucks find themselves 10th in the West, two points behind eighth-place Dallas. The Stars have two games in hand.

Schedule: 19 games remaining (10 home, nine road)

At home: Calgary, N.Y. Islanders, Nashville, Buffalo, Anaheim, N.Y. Rangers, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Colorado, Calgary.

On the road: Phoenix, Dallas, Winnipeg, Washington, Florida, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Colorado, Edmonton.

Restricted free agents: Zac Dalpe, Zack Kassian, Jordan Schroeder, Chris Tanev, Yannick Weber.

Unrestricted free agents: Andrew Alberts, Raphael Diaz, Mike Santorelli.

No-trade clauses: Kevin Bieksa, Alex Burrows, Alex Edler, Jason Garrison, Dan Hamhuis, Chris Higgins (limited), Ryan Kesler, Roberto Luongo, Daniel Sedin (no movement), Henrik Sedin (no movement). 

Cap space: $3.2 million US.

On the farm: With Daniel Sedin out with a leg injury, there was some thought that 2011 Canucks first-round (29th overall) selection Nicklas Jensen would be promoted. Vancouver instead opted to call up forward Darren Archibald. The 21-year-old Jensen has 15 goals in 50 games for the AHL Utica Comets, including nine goals in his last 13 outings. For now, the Canucks want to see Jensen continue to develop with increased ice time in the AHL.

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