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Report: Philadelphia Flyers make 'substantial offer' for Ryan Kesler

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As the trade deadline approaches, rumors begin to fly. With under 30 hours until the deadline, the rumors will be swirling today.

According to Frank Seravalli of The Philadelphia Daily News, the Flyers have “tabled a ‘substantial offer’” to the Vanocuver Canucks for center Ryan Kesler.

The Olympian would likely command a major haul which other outlets have reported the Canucks are looking for a young, established center, a prospect and a first round pick. For the Flyers, the deal would start at Brayden Schenn and continue from there. If a first round pick is involved, it isn’t likely that it would be a 2014 first round pick as the draft is in Philadelphia and the host team usually has a first round pick.

Kesler, 29, is reportedly the top priority for the Pittsburgh Penguins which, combined with the Flyers’ new offer, adds to the already heat rivalry. The Penguins are expected to have an offer on the table including Brandon Sutter, a first round pick, a third round pick and a choice of defensemen Simon Despres or Brian Dumoulin. With the recent development , it appears prospects Derrick Pouliot and Scott Harrington might be added to the offer for Kesler.

Kesler has 21 goals and 18 assists for 39 points in 62 games this season but he does a lot more than provide offense. He is a true shutdown center that impacts the game at both ends of the ice. The 29-year-old carries a $5 million cap hit through 2015-16.

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