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Is Ryan Kesler finished at the Canucks?

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Late last night rumors surfaced claiming that Team USA star Ryan Kesler has demanded a trade from the Vancouver Canucks.

Louis Jean of TVA claimed that sources had told him Kesler requested the trade before Sochi and that the Canucks may have their hands tied when it comes to stopping him should he follow through with his demands.

But just as teams across the league were preparing to get on the phone, it seems Jean may have been a little hasty.

Today, Kesler's agent, Kurt Overhardt, firmly denied the rumors that his client had asked for a change of scenery.

In fact according to Adrian Dater on Twitter, Overhardt called the trade request rumors "BS".

Kesler himself has not spoken in public since the reports emerged but the second liner was reportedly heard discussing a potential trade during his time with the national team in Russia.

As you can see there is a lot of claim and counter-claim just now up in Vancouver but this sort of confusion is not likely to be well received by the Canucks.

Even if they were open to trading Kesler they would have preferred any demands the player had supposedly made to remain private in order to boost any trade potential. 

Some are suggesting they should cash in ahead of the trade deadline rather than risk having an unhappy player on their roster as they aim for the playoffs regardless of the validity of the rumors.

For what it is worth, Kesler has two years remaining on his contract (each worth $5 million) and is at present sidelined with a hand injury picked up at Sochi anyhow.

There is plenty left to run in this story we are sure.

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