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Report: Anaheim Ducks acquire Ryan Kesler from Canucks


On the first day of the 2014 NHL Draft the Anaheim Ducks have made a major move. According to Chris Peters of CBS Sports, the Ducks have traded for forward Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks. Darren Deger of TSN first reported the trade, which takes off one of the NHL’s biggest trade targets from the market.

ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports the trade details as the Canucks will receive Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa, the 24th overall pick, and a swap of third round picks with the Ducks.

Kesler had a no-trade clause in his contract, meaning he had to approve the trade to his division rival. The Ducks will acquire Sbisa who has one-year left on his contract, while Nick Bonino comes with just a $1.9 million cap hit all the way until the end of the 2016-17 season.

While the player additions are nice, giving the Canucks two picks in the first round of the draft, may have been key to finishing up this deal. Bonino is cheap and growing as a player, but his talent level certainly won’t fulfill the gap left by the departure of Kesler.

Meanwhile for Anaheim, putting Kesler with Ryan Getzlaf could make for one of the most powerful one-two punches in the Western Conference. It lines up two high profiled players to go along with the team’s young defensive group and young goaltender duo, meaning the Ducks can also continue to add pieces as they go along.

The Ducks gave up a haul, but with the disappointing production so far of Sbisa and Bonino still growing, the only true hope is that the Canucks can score big with the 24th overall pick they received from Anaheim.

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