Wednesday’s trade deadline is just two days away. As always, the Philadelphia Flyers are being linked to the big-name players that are being made available during this time.

One of these players, Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler, has reportedly been requesting a trade for quite some time. The 29-year-old forward is known to be one of the best two-way players in the game. He has scored 21 goals and totals 39 points on the season.

According to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune, the Flyers and Blackhawks are emerging as the top challengers to Pittsburgh in the Ryan Kesler sweepstakes.

Kesler certainly is a highly touted player, but does he address the Flyers needs? Unfortunately not. The area at which the team needs the most improvement is at defense, and that could be achieved by acquiring a player such as Alexander Edler, Tyler Myers, or Christian Ehrhoff.

The price will be high to acquire Ryan Kesler via trade. However, his ability to play the wing as well as center makes him an extremely valuable player. Could the American-born forward be the goal-scorer that has been sought out to play with Claude Giroux for quite some time?

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