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Anaheim Ducks trade for Ryan Kesler

Update: It's official:

Here's the press release:

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired center Ryan Kesler and a third-round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for center Nick Bonino, defenseman Luca Sbisa, the 24th overall pick (first round) and the 85th overall pick (third round) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Kesler, 29 (8/31/84), has scored 182-211=393 points with a +25 rating and 594 PIM in 655 career NHL games with Vancouver. A 2011 Frank J. Selke Trophy winner (awarded to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game) and 2011 NHL All-Star, Kesler owns a 52.9 career faceoff percentage (5372-for-10159) and led the Canucks in faceoff wins in five of the last seven seasons. The 6-2, 202-pound center has also collected 12-26=38 points with 71 PIM in 57 career Stanley Cup Playoff games. During Vancouver’s run to the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, Kesler earned 7-12=19 points in 25 games and led the team with a 54.1 faceoff percentage.

Selected by Vancouver in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Kesler scored 25-18=43 points with 81 penalty minutes (PIM) in 77 games for the Canucks last season. He led Vancouver in goals, game-winning goals (5), power-play goals (9) and shots (239), while ranking third in scoring and power-play scoring (9-7=16). Kesler also led team forwards in shorthanded time-on-ice average (2:12 per game) and overall (169:58).

A native of Livonia, Michigan, Kesler has represented Team USA at numerous international tournaments since 2001. Kesler appeared in the last two Olympic Winter Games, helping lead the U.S. to a silver medal in 2010 at Vancouver with two goals (2-0=2) in six contests. He has also won gold at the 2004 World Junior Championship in Finland and the 2002 Under-18 Championship in Slovakia.

Bonino, 26 (4/20/88), earned 33-49=82 points with a +9 rating and 48 PIM in 189 career NHL games with Anaheim. He also appeared in 24 career Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Ducks, notching 7-5=12 points with a +4 rating and 14 PIM. In 2013-14, Bonino ranked second on the club in power-play goals (7), power-play scoring (20) and faceoff wins (583), third in overall scoring (22-27=49) and third among forwards in average time-on-ice (16:13). The 6-1, 196-pound center was acquired from San Jose with Timo Pielmeier in exchange for Kent Huskins and Travis Moen on Mar. 4, 2009.

Sbisa, 24 (1/30/90), recorded 9-47=56 points with 217 PIM in 266 career NHL games with Anaheim and Philadelphia. In 14 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Ducks and Flyers, Sbisa collected 0-2=2 points with 19 PIM. A native of Ozieri, Italy, Sbisa was acquired from Philadelphia with Joffrey Lupul, a first-round selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, a first-round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and a conditional third-round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Chris Pronger on June 26, 2009.

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awould's avatar

wow. huge trade. looks like Anaheim’s GM fell in love with a player not on the roster and actually did something about it, despite how complicated and tricky it all is.

Posted by awould on 06/27/14 at 02:11 PM ET

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Does Ken holland know you’re allowed to move roster players for other roster players?  Just asking.

Posted by bababooey on 06/27/14 at 02:15 PM ET

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Does Ken holland know you’re allowed to move roster players for other roster players? 

The assistant GMs and other staff ask each other that all the time. Sure they hint around about it, but nobody has had the guts to come right out and ask him.

Posted by awould on 06/27/14 at 02:16 PM ET

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Does Ken holland know you’re allowed to move roster players for other roster players?  Just asking.

Posted by bababooey on 06/27/14 at 02:15 PM ET

Do you know that Holland needs a willing partner to actually trade?
Just asking.

Posted by George0211 on 06/27/14 at 02:16 PM ET

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Do you know that Holland needs a willing partner to actually trade?

Do you know we’re mostly joking?

Posted by awould on 06/27/14 at 02:18 PM ET

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Do you know that Holland needs a willing partner to actually trade?

Do you know we’re mostly joking?

Posted by awould on 06/27/14 at 02:18 PM ET

Can’t tell anymore. Too many constantly complaining that Holland doesn’t trade to keep those fans happy.

Posted by George0211 on 06/27/14 at 02:20 PM ET

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Do you know we’re mostly joking?

Posted by awould on 06/27/14 at 02:18 PM ET

Can’t tell anymore. Too many constantly complaining that Holland doesn’t trade to keep those fans happy.

Posted by George0211 on 06/27/14 at 02:20 PM ET

Sorry, yeah, hard to keep track. I didn’t realize you were mostly joking.

Posted by SK77 on 06/27/14 at 02:24 PM ET

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Do you know that Holland needs a willing partner to actually trade?
Just asking.[/quote

Ha ha.  Yes in the last 5 years no one will trade with him which is why he does nothing.  I’m indifferent on Kesler, but the Wings could’ve put together a better package than that if they were interested in Kesler.  I think the Nucks got hosed

Posted by bababooey on 06/27/14 at 02:25 PM ET

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The Wings could have put together a better package to get a player that didn’t want to play for them.

Tell me more!

Posted by SK77 on 06/27/14 at 02:27 PM ET

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Please note, Wings fans: Kesler had a no-trade clause and only wanted to go to Anaheim or Chicago. That DRASTICALLY diminished the return because Pittsburgh and Philly were out of the mix, as were teams like Detroit.

That’s what happens when a player is particularly picky about where he wants to go to.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/27/14 at 02:27 PM ET

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Ha ha.  Yes in the last 5 years no one will trade with him which is why he does nothing.  I’m indifferent on Kesler, but the Wings could’ve put together a better package than that if they were interested in Kesler.  I think the Nucks got hosed

Posted by bababooey on 06/27/14 at 02:25 PM ET

Yes, and seems like most GMs who want to trade with him, immediately ask for Gus or Mantha, which are non-starters for him and I don’t blame him.

Posted by George0211 on 06/27/14 at 02:28 PM ET

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And I never thought, in a million years, the Ducks could get any douchy-er….. I was wrong.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 06/27/14 at 02:33 PM ET

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Yes, and seems like most GMs who want to trade with him, immediately ask for Gus or Mantha, which are non-starters for him and I don’t blame him.

No one would, but he has other trade pieces.  We’ll see what he does but it appears he may get shut out in free agency which I’m fine with.  I always thought his best bet was via the trade route, and he has assets to move now as well.

Posted by bababooey on 06/27/14 at 02:34 PM ET

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Please note, Wings fans: Kesler had a no-trade clause and only wanted to go to Anaheim or Chicago. That DRASTICALLY diminished the return because Pittsburgh and Philly were out of the mix, as were teams like Detroit.

That’s what happens when a player is particularly picky about where he wants to go to.

I could not be more indifferent on acquiring Kesler, all I am hoping for is this is not a sign of things to come.

Posted by bababooey on 06/27/14 at 02:35 PM ET

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Right about Kenny…no one wants to trade with him because the Wings are rich in talent.  Only when there is a possibility of beating Kenny, like the Legwand deal, the prospect Jamrok was the key and Nashville won that one.  Last year he got beat dealing for damaged goods, Weiss, now we have another albatross around our neck.  So Kenny, the best trade is NO TRADE!

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 06/27/14 at 02:42 PM ET

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So Kenny, the best trade is NO TRADE!

But see this is a problem.  The only way the Wings are going to improve is via trade.  They can no longer be cheap with ufa’s like in the past because they are no longer elite and their best players are getting older, so he has to acquire assets via trade and this season more than any in recent memory.  There are a plethora of prospects that are at the door or very close to making the NHL and there is just no room for them, especially when Holland won’t move any of the veterans out.  There are, at least, 5 or 6 legitimate prospects that are NHL ready, Holland finally has the assets he needs to make deals.  But so far all we are hearing about is that Dan Cleary is coming back - not really a great way to get the fanbase excited or optimistic about next year.

Posted by bababooey on 06/27/14 at 02:55 PM ET

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Posted by bababooey on 06/27/14 at 02:55 PM ET
So, who would you trade ???  If I’m approaching Kenny I want, Mantha, Nyquist, Tatar, Dekeyser,  and from the established I want, Datsyuk, Zetts, Kronner, and you can keep the rest,  little value unless its a two for one throw in like Eaves was.

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 06/27/14 at 03:16 PM ET

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Holland won’t move any of the veterans out.

100% agree with this grin I mean, let’s just look at the 2008 roster and observe how many of these veterans were still on last year’s roster:

Chris Osgood
Dominik Hasek

Andreas Lilja
Nicklas Lidstrom
Derek Meech (didn’t play)
Brett Lebda
Brad Stuart
Chris Chelios
Brian Rafalski
Niklas Kronwall

Pavel Datsyuk
Jiri Hudler
Kris Draper
Henrik Zetterberg
Darren Helm
Valtteri Filppula

Dan Cleary
Dallas Drake
Kirk Maltby
Aaron Downey
Darren McCarty
Mikael Samuelsson - although he was gone for a while
Tomas Kopecky
Johan Franzen
Tomas Holmstrom

Next year they will not hang on to Sammy, Big Bert, Legwand, #22, Q, Alfie (?), Cleary (?)... They also let go of Cola, White before…

Facts don’t really support your statement I’m afraid… 

 

Posted by alukacs on 06/27/14 at 03:20 PM ET

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The only way the Wings are going to improve is via trade.

And this is precisely why I give the opinions of those who constantly whine about Holland so little credence.  When Holland makes a trade, people whine (Jarnkrok).  When Holland doesn’t make a trade, people whine (every unmade trade, ever).

Sadly, the reality is people don’t actually want Holland to make a trade.  They want Holland to storm another franchises’ gates like Henry the Fifth, rob the coffers, steal all the maidens, and hence to his demesne to lavish the spoils on his people.  Short of that, he sucks.

They don’t want a GM, they want Blackbeard the f’ing pirate.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 06/27/14 at 03:41 PM ET

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Couldnt care less about Kesler, unless it could be a means to an end to get rid of Weiss, which it wouldnt be.

However, if takes coffing up Tatar to get a solid dman in here, im all for it.

Posted by Hootinani on 06/27/14 at 04:01 PM ET

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Posted by HockeyinHD on 06/27/14 at 03:41 PM ET

As usual, you exaggerate. People want Holland to make a move that makes an impact on improving the team. Legwand didn’t do that. He helped the team limp into the playoffs and was never meant to do anything more. Holland, every summer, talks about how much he likes the roster, how the trade market is tough, complicated and it takes a willing partner, how the UFA market is too pricey. Meanwhile the team has moved backwards and the valuable assets - Datsyuk/Zetterberg - are depreciating. And the talk is still about retooling on the fly, not rebuilding.

He swung and missed on Suter, which was regrettable. There is a giant hole on defense that exists because Detroit lost Lidstrom, Rafalski and Stuart in quick succession. That sequence of events surprised exactly nobody and it seems he put all his eggs in Suter’s basket. Every year there’s a ready-made reason/excuse why nothing was done. Until now. This is a very good summer to judge Holland. He has a good amount of assets available, cap space and no excuses.

Posted by awould on 06/27/14 at 04:14 PM ET

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This is a very good summer to judge Holland. He has a good amount of assets available, cap space and no excuses.

Posted by awould on 06/27/14 at 04:14 PM ET

What assets? The ones that he does not want to give up? And rightfully so. GMs are not going to be asking about just assets, they want specific guys, like Gus, Mantha and probably Mrazek. IMO, unless we are talking about a #1 D, those guys should be untouchable.
The roster is not that bad, barring injuries again. There is a huge hole on D, yes, but top 2 D don’t come around very often and trading for them creates a huge hole somewhere else.

Posted by George0211 on 06/27/14 at 04:22 PM ET

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And this is precisely why I give the opinions of those who constantly whine about Holland so little credence.  When Holland makes a trade, people whine (Jarnkrok).  When Holland doesn’t make a trade, people whine (every unmade trade, ever).

That’s because the Jarnkrok trade still makes no sense. You give up a 2nd round pick (2nd rounders are usually where he does his best drafting) and a top prospect for an over the hill guy that has no future with the team. At least if we still had Jarnkrok it would be another chip to use in a trade.

Posted by fuleko on 06/27/14 at 04:34 PM ET

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  And this is precisely why I give the opinions of those who constantly whine about Holland so little credence.  When Holland makes a trade, people whine (Jarnkrok).  When Holland doesn’t make a trade, people whine (every unmade trade, ever).

That’s because the Jarnkrok trade still makes no sense. You give up a 2nd round pick (2nd rounders are usually where he does his best drafting) and a top prospect for an over the hill guy that has no future with the team. At least if we still had Jarnkrok it would be another chip to use in a trade.

This is it, exactly. When the trade values are relatively lower (offseason), Holland stands pat and signs aging free agents. Then, when prices are astronomical at the deadline, Holland, whose team is missing like 4 of its centers (and whose #1 and #2 players - 40 and 13 - were out and not expected back or even near 100% if they did come back), decides he’s going to trade his #1 center prospect and 2nd round pick for 6 weeks of Legwand. Like, did no one else think maybe with all the injuries, this wasn’t gonna be the year? He’s reckless when prices are high and stands pat when the market might be better for a trade.

The other thing is: we’ve got tons of prospects who look pretty good. The team could trade a guy like Tatar and one of the really good defense prospects and now you’ve got a pretty good package coming together. You can’t consolidate some of these guys into someone who can help now?

Posted by VitoLambruski on 06/27/14 at 04:47 PM ET

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What assets? The ones that he does not want to give up?

Funny how those are the same assets the other team wants. Funny how the guy the Wings want is probably also a guy the other team doesn’t want to give up either, at least not cheaply. You don’t get something for nothing. The roster is excellent if you ignore the big hole in D that will prohibit winning a Cup.

If KH looks at the roster and what’s projected for a top end D via trade or UFA and sees no shot of filling that hole for 3+ seasons, he should be shopping Datsyuk for future value. No use keeping a thoroughbred in the stable for pony rides.

Posted by awould on 06/27/14 at 04:49 PM ET

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That’s because the Jarnkrok trade still makes no sense.

It always made sense.

I know it’s hard to believe, but most teams and GMs actually don’t want to tank the season.

At the time Detroit was in a heated fight for a playoff spot and had none of their NHL centres available.  Holland traded in order to address the biggest need the team had.  He was dealing from a position of extreme weakness and therefore had to give up more than anyone would prefer.

But the trade made sense.

Posted by Garth on 06/27/14 at 05:43 PM ET

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I miss The Chief

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/27/14 at 05:55 PM ET

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Just gotta be good enough for the playoffs.  Winning is all luck once u get in.  At least that’s what I heard.  On the internet..

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/27/14 at 05:59 PM ET

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The Kings have said that, too…ironically enough.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/27/14 at 06:01 PM ET

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That has been Sutter’s mantra as a coach for as long as I have known him as a coach. How do you think the Flames got all the way to the big dance in 2004? By squeezing in 8th, overachieving and lots of good luck. Of course, Kipper and Iggy were at the top of their games but it takes more than that to get there.

Posted by Iggy_Rules from Calgary, Canada on 06/27/14 at 11:00 PM ET

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