Hours before what is expected to be a trade-filled NHL Draft gets underway, a major domino has fallen. TSN’s hockey insider Darren Dreger reported Friday that the Vancouver Canucks have traded center Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks.
In exchange for Kesler and Vancouver’s third-round selection in 2015, the Ducks will reportedly receive forward Nick Bonino, defenseman Luca Sbisa, a first-round pick (24th overall) and a third-round selection (85th overall).
Still just 29-years old, Kesler has spent his entire 10-year career with the Canucks. That being said, he has long been rumored to want out of Vancouver. Now, his wish will apparently be granted, as he will be sent to the division rival Ducks.
In 77 games for the Canucks last season, Kesler scored 25 goals and 43 points. He was however, a career-low minus-15. Kesler won the Selke Trophy in 2011 as the league’s best defensive forward, when he also had a career-high 41 goals.
A Michigan native, Kesler has twice represented the United States in the Olympics; winning a silver medal in Vancouver in 2010.
Bonino outscored Kesler last season, netting 49 points in 77 games for the Ducks. He also had eight points in 22 playoff contests. The Italian-born Sbisa missed much of last season with injury. He had six points in 30 regular season games for the Ducks; also adding one point in two playoff contests.
The Canucks are not believed to be done dealing either. It is rumored that they have their eye on Florida’s number one overall pick. It has also been rumored that they have asked defenseman Jason Garrison to waive his no trade clause, and are dangling him as trade bait.