The Anaheim Ducks are a team looking at big changes. Their struggles this season have raised questions about the security of players jobs, coaching and what the team will do next to snap their multi-game losing streak. One change they won't be making is moving out Ryan Kesler.
In an effort to shake things up, the Anaheim Ducks might have looked at trading Ryan Kesler this season but, in the end, none of that matters. When asked about the potential of a trade, Kesler was quick to say he’s got no interest in waiving his no-move clause to facilitate a trade.
The long-time Duck and one-time Vancouver Canuck has been an integral part of the team's success over the past few seasons. However, this season, he's been relatively unproductive. This after injury concerns had him doubtful to play in 2018-19 at all. With the Ducks on such a downward spiral, everyone's name has come up, including Keslers who has three years on his contract left after this season with an AAV of $6.675MM.
He indicated to Craig Custance of The Athletic (subscription required), "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."
What This Means
Since Kesler is not game to go anywhere else, the Ducks will have to look at moving other pieces. This includes Jakob Silfverberg and players like Nick Ritchie or Brandon Montour, who are young but not viewed as a vital part of a future core.
Should those players not go and the Ducks really want to make a major change, players like Rickard Rakell or Cam Fowler could be on the market.