NHL Trade: Canucks Trade Ryan Kesler To The Ducks

The Vancouver Canucks have traded Ryan Kesler and 2015 3rd round pick to the Anaheim Ducks for Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa, 2014 1st round pick (# 24) and 3rd round pick (# 85).

The 29-year old Kesler was drafted 23rd overall in the 1st round of the 2003 draft by the Canucks.

The 26-year old Nick Bonino was drafted 173rd overall in the 6th round of the 2007 draft by the Sharks.

The 24-year old Sbisa was drafted 19th overall in the 1st round of the 2008 draft by the Flyers.

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Ryan Kesler

Nick Bonino

Luca Sbisa



  1. ConfusedGuy

    June 27, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    where is this source from, not seen on nhl.com or anywhere

  2. ChrisB

    June 27, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Really surprised it was the #24 instead of the #10. I figured Anaheim could put together the better return, but this is a little underwhelming. I wonder if the $68m cap ruling left Anaheim as the only serious team standing.

  3. ChrisB

    June 27, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Pierre LeBrun ‏@Real_ESPNLeBrun 4s
    Anaheim will trade Bonino, Sbisa plus 24th overall pick and teams will swap third-rounders once deal goes through

  4. bri

    June 27, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Wow a fleecing. Bonino a 3rd line centre, Sbisa a 6th d-man and a crappy 24th pick. Bad first trade for Benning. But to be fair he was over a barrel. Looks like Spezza is going for a bag of pucks.

  5. Cole

    June 27, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Good trade. Bonino is bigger, younger and had 6 more points this season playing on the third line. Kesler was playing with the Sedins at one point. Got a young d-man and another pick. Only hit was moving down in the third round. GM Benning isn’t done yet.

  6. Habeiber fever

    June 27, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Bonino is coming into his prime Sbisa will allow Vancouver to move Garrison! Great trade.

  7. hankbemis

    June 27, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    haha, funny bri, i completely disagree. i agree with cole, i think this will go down as a great trade for the canucks. especially considering kesler had to go.

  8. Jasper

    June 27, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    You know what Benning’s doing, right? As soon as the Kesler deal is all wrapped up he’s gonna phone Tallon up saying, “Hey, we got two 1st-Rd. picks. You can have them and your choice of a prospect for the #1”

  9. Steven

    June 27, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    I will miss Bonino, but we got Kesler and we still have the 10th pick! Bob Murray you are a genius!

  10. BlowuptheB's

    June 27, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Not a huge trade for Van but i think Bonino will fit in well, #24 along with #6 is going to be packaged and Van will try and move up in the draft… also really think Benning goes after Erikkson tonight and puts him on sedins line. Boston may be looking to gain some cap to resign their FAs and dont think hell be priced that high based on Benning/Charelli connection and their cap situation.

  11. Jacob

    June 27, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    However this trade works out for the two teams involved, the Blues have to be happy about this transaction, with the Ducks now out of the Jason Spezza sweepstakes. Sure, the Senators could look at this and tell other teams “Spezza’s better than Kesler, so now we need two roster players now” (which, true or not, I’m sure they will try), but unless the Predators or Stars really swing for the fences, St. Louis will have all the leverage

  12. sean

    June 27, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    I think Vancouver won this deal hands down. Kesler is a really good player but not great. Vancouver will probably make more moves as well so this is just the start. I hope the Jets do something.

  13. Jacob

    June 27, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I think that there might even be something else that this trade points to. The Canucks are reportedly looking for a veteran goalie, and I think that, had they wanted to, they could’ve added the rights to Hiller to this trade as a bonus, and the fact that they didn’t says that the negotiations with Ryan Miller are going well.

  14. MrBen

    June 27, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Good deal for Anaheim…A couple spare parts and their late first for Kesler and trading up in the 3rd round.

    At the same time…I also think it benefits the Canucks if they can ship the #6, #24 and Shinkaruk to the Panthers for the 1st.

    You end up with the first overall instead of a guy who didn’t want to be there.

    With Kesler only going to the Hawks or Ducks, I think the Canucks got as good a deal as they could. Pulling that #10 pick instead of the #24 would have been a landslide win for the Canucks.

  15. bri

    June 27, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Hey Hank, What’s great we can reevaluate at seasons end.Someone will be correct and someone will be wrong.

  16. Hankbemis

    June 27, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    I don’t think so bri, there is a first round pick involved here, usually takes some time for that to materialize. Don’t forget that 3rd liner bonino put up 6 more points in same amount of games as kesler, who was playing more minutes w better players and at almost 2.5x the salary. And bonino is under contract for one more year than kesler. Think the Canucks did a great job. Not to mention kesler does not have the best reputation.

  17. Shawn ferris

    June 27, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Agree with hank and others this will look like a fleecing by Vancouver by the end of the year, wow. Bonino is gonna be a great young player, younger and cheaper and can play in all situations. Good for Kesler to get back to the states instead of toiling his life away here in Canada. Plus they moved out garrison clearing up some cap space (more moves to come) and didn’t need hiller in the deal as he is a free agent and if they want him he’s available.

  18. Nick

    June 27, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    A fleecing for Vancouver? Really? Sbisa hasn’t played a full NHL season since 2011 because of injuries, and hasn’t really progressed much as a player. Bonino is a good player, but had likely a career year at 26 playing against 3rd line opponents and also has injury issues in the past. And a 24th pick in this year’s draft is really a tossup. Not a lot of standouts but a lot of solid players.

    Pretty even trade I’d say so far, maybe slightly favored towards the Ducks. Vancouver didn’t get any of their up and coming prospects or their 10th.

  19. BlowuptheB's

    June 27, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Yeah… Like Kesler is never injured right? Van definitely won this trade. Boston trying to send Erikkson, Boychuck, #25 to Van for #6

  20. lucas

    June 27, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    great trade for canucks considersing the mass injuies to keslers hip. hasnt been heathly for 2 years now. not to mention a cancer in the dressing room…