Ryan Kesler wants out of Vancouver: Report

Vancouver Canucks' Ryan Kesler during an end of season news conference, in Vancouver, B.C. on April...

Vancouver Canucks' Ryan Kesler during an end of season news conference, in Vancouver, B.C. on April 14, 2014. (Carmine Marinelli/Vancouver 24hours/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 11:26 PM ET

The Ryan Kesler saga, which has played out in waves over the past few months, has a new twist.

The Vancouver Canucks winger reportedly “wants a fresh start” as well as a new address and new uniform.

Kesler met with new Canucks general manager Jim Benning this week to chat about a potential trade out of Vancouver, according to TSN.

The report states Kesler, who is under contract through the 2015-16 season at a $5-million price tag, has drawn up a six-team list. The Anaheim Ducks and Philadelphia Flyers are believed to be two of the clubs that appeal to the 29-year-old.

During Benning’s introductory press conference in late May, the Mike Gillis replacement said the team hoped to re-sign the two-way power forward before the NHL draft on June 27.

Back in February, when the NHL had stopped for the Olympics, reports surfaced about Kesler’s desire to leave town. He would later deny those rumours.

Kesler was drafted 23rd overall by the Canucks in 2003. Last season, he recorded 25 goals and 43 points in 77 games. ​


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