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Canucks, Hurricanes make minor trade

What trade deadline?

Vancouver and Carolina made a minor deal Monday, the Canucks sending forward Dane Fox to the Hurricanes for future considerations.

Fox has spent the majority of the season in the East Coast Hockey League, with Kalamazoo, where he has a team-leading 26 goals and 50 points, but he's moving on up to the American Hockey League's Charlotte Checkers.

The 22-year-old was an undrafted free-agent signing of the Canucks in 2013. He's 6-feet tall and weighs 188 pounds. He had 30 goals in his first ECHL season, after scoring 64 goals in 67 games in his final season of junior hockey.

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Report: Oilers send Nilsson to Blues for draft pick

The Edmonton Oilers are believed to have traded goaltender Anders Nilsson to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a mid-round draft pick, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

Nilsson, whose rights the Oilers acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks last summer, has posted a 10-12-2 record for Edmonton, while boasting a goals against average of 3.14 and a save percentage of .901.

The departure of Nilsson won't come as much of a shock for Oilers fans, as the 25-year-old netminder had been the subject of trade rumors leading up to next week's deadline, and was made a backup for Friday's loss in Anaheim after originally being announced as the starter.

With Brian Elliott nursing a lower body injury for at least the next four weeks, Nilsson could provide some insurance behind Jake Allen in St. Louis.

The Blues, third-place in the Central Division, enter the weekend in a comfortable playoff position at 35-19-9, three points behind the division-leading Dallas Stars.

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What Return Can The Canucks Expect From Kesler Trade

The draft and free agency is quickly approaching and the Canucks have to make some decisions not the least of which is what to do with Ryan Kesler.

So it is apparent that the Canucks need to trade Kesler. There is no choice in my opinion the trade needs to happen so what can the Canucks expect to get in return for the veteran center?

Here are the positives that make Kesler attractive to other teams around the league.

He has some grit to his game
Tremendous speed
Excellent shot
Great penalty killer
Lots of heart – wants to win!
Playoff Success
Career high 41 goals in 2010-11
Career high 75 points in 2009-10
Good size 6′ 2″ 202lbs
Signed for 2 years at 5 million as season

In my opinion in 2010-11 Kesler demonstrated what kind of dominate player he can be in the series against Nashville where he was the main reason the Canucks won the series.

The Canucks should be looking for at least a roster player, a prospect and a first round pick in a trade.

I believe the return for Kesler will be at its highest point during this off season. Canucks have a history of making mistakes by not making a trade when the value is high… I hope they do not make a similar one here.

Does Ryan Kesler Want Out Of Vancouver?

I am wondering how true the reports of Kesler requesting a trade are.

Ryan Kesler has been a main stay down the middle of the ice in Vancouver since 2003. Almost every year Ryan has shown improvement and the desire to win in Vancouver and his apparent decision to leave was almost unfathomable three years ago. The loss in the Stanley Cup finals really seems to have wounded the Canucks plyers psyche deeply. Remember how lights out Kesler was against the Preditors during that run so you can only imagine how pained Kesler was with that loss. He took it personally for sure!

What seems like out of the blue, last year reports after the Olympics stated Kesler wanted out of Vancouver. I can’t believe that the reporters are inaccurate in their reporting but I wonder where everything went wrong. I know the addition of Torts as the GM caused a rift with management but with the changes I would have thought Kesler would give the Canucks a chance to correct the errors of the past.

I am not sure trading Kesler is the right move to make. That being said, if he wants out, then we must do everything in our power to move him quickly. We do not want another circus around this team for yet another year.

Hopefully the reports that Kesler wants out is false, but if not, the Canuck management team must move quickly to make a good hockey deal.