What would it take for the Edmonton Oilers to acquire Ryan Kesler?

While we can only guess about whether or not Kesler would want to come to Edmonton, he’s a clear fit and it would certainly be a bold move to acquire him.

The Oilers also have the pieces to trade for him, starting with a 24-year-old second line centre in Sam Gagner.

Would Gagner be enough to get Kesler? It would be a good move for Edmonton and would also fill a hole for Vancouver. Plus Gagner is heading into his best years while Kesler is heading out of them.

But I doubt Gagner would be enough.

The Oilers would likely have to throw in a valuable piece, anything from a high draft pick (maybe the Oil’s top pick in the 2014 or 2014 entry drafts) to a promising young player (Martin Marincin, Darnell Nurse, Oscar Klefbom).

Me, I’d be fine with a Gagner and a 2nd round draft pick deal for Kesler, or Gagner and Klefbom for Kesler.

It will be gut check time for Oilers GM Craig MacTavish if Vancouver asks for Gagner and the Oil’s first, or Gagner and Marincin, or Gagner and Nurse.


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