The Vancouver Canucks have traded center Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks for Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa and the 24th pick in the 2014 draft. The two clubs will also swap third-round picks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I must confess I had expected Spezza to go before Kesler. Probably not a surprise he wound up heading to the Ducks, though there was some concern about the Canucks sending him to a division rival. Still, it’s not like Kesler gave them much choice, as it was believed the Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks were his only trade choices. The Ducks land the experienced second-line center they needed without costing too much from their depth of young talent. They also retain the 10th overall pick in this year’s draft.
As for the Canucks return,while some fans might grouse that management could’ve received a better return, this is probably the best they were going to get under the circumstances. It’s not a bad return. Bonino, 26, had 22 goals and 49 points this season. He has solid two-way skills and should slide into that second-line center spot for Vancouver. Sbisa, 24, plays a good all-around game and can log a lot of ice time. His addition could mean the Canucks are planning to move out another defenseman in another deal.