1) Will Ryan Kesler get traded?
The Canucks seem to be sincere about writing this season off and looking towards the future. If that’s the plan, and for some reason they’d like to part with a big, talented, mean center with cheap term (wait, why is this happening again), they might as well do it sooner than later to maximize return.
So… *peanut vendor cadence* ”Kesler here…piping hot Ryan Kesler, who wants some Ryan Kesler…??”
2) What are the Ducks plan?
While it’s been reported that Thomas Vanek is going here, there, and everywhere, it sure looked like Bob Murray was clearing out the roster space and salary cap for a big addition like the Islanders’ playmaker. Whether he goes there or not (rumors say San Jose), I’d be really surprised if they didn’t use the cap space they’ve been banking all season to add another piece. They’re leading the NHL in points by five right now, and they can smell another shot at the Cup. You don’t expect them to stand pat, do you?
3) Do the Islanders get back what they gave up for Vanek?
When the Islanders acquired Thomas Vanek, they moved Matt Moulson, a first in 2014 or 2015, and a second in 2015. There’s a good chance they’d like to at least recoup those picks for the talented Austrian, and more. The Islanders really, really don’t like paying actual hockey players, so it wouldn’t be too shocking to see the main part of the return be picks, but with Brooklyn not too far off in the horizon, you’d think they’d like to exit the rebuild phase sooner than later, so…who knows. We’ll find out what they’re after soon enough.
4) What do the Toronto Maple Leafs think they are?