Jan 26, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler (17) skates in warm up against the Phoenix Coyotes at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Flyers 'A Top Challenger To Acquire Kesler'

(H/T to The Orange Update for noticing this story)

We are two days from the trade deadline and the Philadelphia Flyers are, once again, connected to the big-name player on the market.

Rob Rossi, a writer for the Pittsburgh Penguins, reported that the Flyers, as well as the Chicago Blackhawks, are the top two contenders to land Ryan Kesler.

Kesler, 29, is one of the top two-way forwards in the National Hockey League. His name emerged in trade talks four days ago when Louis Jean, a Canadian reporter, tweeted that Kesler had requested a trade. The Canucks’ asking price seems to be very high. Nick Kypreos reported the Canucks’ demands “may include as many as 3 pieces. A 1st rd pick, roster player/ prospect.”

So, for the Flyers, that would could mean a good prospect (Morin, Laughton), probably Brayden Schenn along with their first-rounder. To me, that price is way to high. If those same pieces can be used to bring in a defenseman, say Alexander Eder, then I would be intrigued.

The defensive unit needs upgrading. A player like Edler, who seems to be struggling under head coach John Tortorella’s system, could bring some much needed stability to the backend. If


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