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Canucks opt not to trade Kesler before deadline

TSN.ca Staff

3/5/2014 3:12:59 PM

The Vancouver Canucks have opted to keep centre Ryan Kesler.

Despite rumours of great interest from NHL teams - including the Pittsburgh Penguins - the Canucks did not get the package they were seeking to trade the 29-year-old centre.

The Livonia, Mich.-native has scored 21 goals and added 18 assists in 39 games with the Canucks this season.

Kesler is currently in the fourth year of a six-year deal he signed with the Canucks prior to the 2010-11 season worth an average annual value of $5 million.

One of the premier two-way forwards in the NHL, Kesler was the recipient of the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward in 2010-11.

Kesler has spent his entire career with the Canucks, scoring 178 goals and 211 assists in 641 games. He was originally selected 23rd overall by Vancouver at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

He has represented the United States on numerous occasions, including the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Games, winning silver at the former. He also won gold for the U.S. at both the 2002 Under-18 World Championships and the 2004 World Junior Hockey Championship.