After months of speculation through the trade deadline and into the offseason, the Vancouver Canucks have traded Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks.
The return to the Canucks is forward Nick Bonino, defenceman Luca Sbisa and the 24th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. The teams also swap third-round picks.
Kesler has spent his entire 10-year career with the Canucks and his entering the fifth year of a six-year deal worth an average annual value of $5 million.
The 29-year-old centre posted just 43 points (25 goals, 18 assists) in 77 games. He has scored 182 goals, 211 assists for 393 points in 655 career NHL games.
The two-time U.S. Olympian had a career-high 41 goals in 2010-2011, winning the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward and playing a major part in leading the Canucks to the Stanley Cup Final - a seven-game loss to the Boston Bruins.
Bonino, 26, scored 22 goals and added 27 points in 77 games with the Ducks in 2013-14. Originally selected in the sixth round (173rd overall) by the San Jose Sharks, Bonino has played 189 career games with the Ducks, scoring 33 goals and adding 49 assists.
The 24-year-old Sbisa notched one goal and four assists with the Ducks in 2013-14. Originally selected 19th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, he has scored nine goals and 47 assists in 266 career games with the Flyers and Ducks.
Though born in Italy, Sbisa represents Switzerland internationally and was a member of the 2010 Swiss Olympic team. He was part of Anaheim's return for trading Chris Pronger to the Flyers in 2009.
Anaheim still possesses a first-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, having acquired the Ottawa Senators' first-round pick (10th overall) last summer as part of the exchange for Bobby Ryan.
The Canucks continued their busy day of dealing, sending defenceman Jason Garrison to the Tampa Bay Lightning along with the rights to Jeff Costello in exchange for the 50th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Tampa also receives Vancouver's seventh-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft in the deal.
The 29-year-old has four years remaining on a six-year deal he signed with the Canucks worth an average annual value of $4.6 million.
The Canucks made their third trade of the day Friday afternoon acquiring right wing Derek Dorsett from the New York Rangers in exchange for 85th pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Article courtesy of TSN.ca