SCOTTSDALE, Ariz — Ryan Kesler responded not long after Wednesday’s trade deadline passed with this tweet:
“Told you so” — @strombone1.
He did it complete with a rainy umbrella emoticon, which juxtaposed the palm tree Roberto Luongo tweeted out after he was finally traded to Florida Tuesday.
Luongo had predicted last week Kesler wasn’t going anywhere. He was right.
The Canucks general manager who’s earned the nickname “Stay Still Gill” stayed still once again.
In the past several years, Mike Gillis waited a year too long to trade Cory Schneider. He waited too long to trade Roberto Luongo and he waited too long to trade Alex Edler.
So, Canucks fans should be forgiven if they think he’s waiting too long again, this time with Kesler.
Gillis denied reports ownership meddling was the reason he couldn’t pull the trigger on a Kesler deal.
“Ownership is involved in all kinds of decisions we make,” Gillis said. “When you’re in situations like this, trade deadline day and draft, they’re...