Ducks center Ryan Kesler is in the midst of a tough season. Despite logging a respectable 17:30 per game, he has just four goals and two assists and with Anaheim looking to shake things up, the veteran would be someone they’d likely be trying to move. However, the 34-year-old has a no-move clause and indicated to Craig Custance of The Athletic (subscription required) that he has no intention of going anywhere:
I don’t want to go anywhere. I love my teammates. I have a family, you take that into account. If we are going into a rebuild, I’m going to do my best to teach the kids how to be a pro and how to win.
Kesler has three years on his contract left after this season with an AAV of $6.675MM. While that would have made him particularly difficult to move, teams have been more willing to swap bad contracts in recent years in the hopes that the newcomer will fare better. It doesn’t appear that the Ducks will be able to try that with Kesler.
More from the Pacific:
- Oilers winger Kailer Yamamoto is expected to return to the lineup on Wednesday, the team announced on Twitter. The 20-year-old has missed the last five games due to an upper-body injury. Edmonton’s top pick in 2017, Yamamoto has been quiet offensively in his stints with the big club this season as he has picked up just a goal and an assist in 13 games. Accordingly, his name has come up in trade speculation following the report yesterday that suggested that the Oilers are willing to part with a young forward in an effort to get someone that can make more of an immediate impact. As the team has a full roster, they’ll have to make a move in order to activate Yamamoto off injured reserve.
- While it was believed that he suffered a concussion back on Saturday, the Sharks are expected to have winger Joonas Donskoi back in the lineup tonight, notes Paul Gackle of The Mercury News. However, they won’t have defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic back as he’s set to miss his sixth straight game. He remains listed as day-to-day and has not yet been moved to injured reserve.