Ryan Kesler has reportedly been traded before the 2014 NHL Draft, but he isn’t coming to Chicago.
The Anaheim Ducks appear to have landed the coveted center.
Anaheim will trade center Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa and tonight’s 24th overall pick to Vancouver, and teams will swap third-rounders.
Bonino, 26, had more points (49) than Kesler (43) last season in 77 games with the Ducks. Sbisa, 24, had only six points in 30 games in the NHL last season.
UPDATE: Kesler and Canucks brass confirmed that the Blackhawks were in the mix for Kesler “to the end.”