Vancouver Canucks trade Ryan Kesler to Anaheim, Garrison to Tampa Bay
UPDATE: After trading Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks, the Canucks have announced they have also traded defenceman Jason Garrison to the Tampa Bay Lightning, receiving the 50th overall pick in this year's (tonight's) NHL Entry Draft.
The Vancouver Canucks have traded Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks, a move that ends months of speculation, posturing, and rumours as to where the all-star might end up, or if he'd leave.
(*TSN's Darren Dreger first reported the deal was close to done, at 10:55 a.m. PST.)
Anaheim was one of the three destinations Kesler was said to desire, and the player would have to sign off on any deals because he had a no-trade clause.
In return for Kesler, the Canucks receive forward Nick Bonino, defenceman Luca Sbisa, and the 24th overall pick in tonight's NHL Entry Draft.
"This trade reinforces our goal to add youth, support our core players and develop draft picks who will contribute to the future success of our team," said Canucks general manager Jim Benning, in a statement released by the team.
"Nick Bonino and Luca Sbisa are talented players who immediately bring youth and skill to our roster. An additional first and third round pick gives us the opportunity to add two strong players to our system."
The trade gives the Canucks two picks in the first round, adding to the sixth overall pick they already have.
The teams also swapped third-round picks, with Vancouver getting the 85th pick in the 2014 draft, while Anaheim will receive the Canucks' third-rounder in 2015.
Kesler was drafted by Vancouver in the first round in 2003 and has played 10 full seasons with the Canucks. He won the Selke Trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward in 2011. That season, he also scored 41 goals and helped propel the team to the Stanley Cup Final, where Vancouver lost in seven games to the Boston Bruins.
He has two years left on his contract, at $5 million per season.
More to come...