PHILADELPHIA – The Vancouver Canucks have traded Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks, a source tells The Canadian Press.
According to multiple reports, Vancouver received forward Nick Bonino, defenceman Luca Sbisa and the 24th pick in Friday night’s NHL draft for the 29-year-old centre.
Kesler asked to be traded during the regular season, while John Tortorella was still the coach and Mike Gillis was the team’s GM. With Trevor Linden as the club’s new president, Jim Benning as GM and Willie Desjardins as coach, Kesler got his wish.
The Livonia, Mich., native had 25 goals and 18 assists in 77 games last season. Kesler has two years left on his contract at a salary and cap hit of US$5 million each.
Kesler had to approve the move because he has a full no-trade clause.
Bonino, 26, had 22 goals and 27 points in 77 games for the Ducks last season, though that included some time alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.
Sbisa, 24, missed a substantial part of the 2013-’14 season with a torn tendon in his hand. This is the second time he has been traded on draft day after being a part of the deal that sent Chris Pronger to the Philadelphia Flyers in 2009.