Ryan Kesler Traded – To Anaheim

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.”

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35 Responses to Ryan Kesler Traded – To Anaheim

  1. Scottie P says:

    And the dream dies

  2. Jared says:

    Good. I didn’t want that guy on the Hawks. He whines to much.

  3. Scottie P says:

    Think the hawks are still in the market for Spezza or is our dream of a real 2C completely reliant on TT?

  4. Tab Bamford says:

    if early reports of the cap coming back 2-3 million lower than the expected number, then yes – TT is your 2C moving forward.

    As I have maintained all along, Spezza’s deal expiring BEFORE Toews & Kane (and Saad) have new numbers hitting the cap makes him the most realistic option via a big-time trade for the Hawks.

  5. SouthSideHawkMan says:

    Congrats TAB you are lighting quick on this excellent work!

  6. Tim G says:

    I guess ANA thinks Bonino will never keep up that pace. I was thinking he was locked in as their 3C with a reasonable cap hit… but this must be a high sell deal.

    SO im guessing 6, 24, and Sbisa for #1 overall…?

  7. Scottie P says:

    Well lets hope that Craig Custance’s report is true and that Kane and Toews are not trying to maximize their extensions in hopes of adding depth. Should be a lot of action today.

  8. Peter says:

    If the Canucks took that deal (and Bonino is a depth NHL player…I mean he derserves a roster spot), the market probably wasn’t fantastic for Kesler. Bonino is already 26 so I am surprised that Vancouver wouldn’t have been interested in some of the younger Hawks not named TT or Saad. I also wonder if the Hawks were making them take an Oduya and the Canucks simply didn’t want that.

    Oh well, Keslerwatch is over

  9. SouthSideHawkMan says:

    Vancouver got absolutely robbed in this deal! The Ducks have an embarrassment of talent on their NHL roster and in their minors. The Ducks didn’t have to part with their top 10 pick either(that’s the steal) Nick Bonino is a nice player but he’s not Kesler. They drafted Lindholm last year and all he did was complete for the plus minus lead all season. The Ducks are quietly building the best organizations top to bottom.

  10. Peter says:

    Or, as Tab pointed out, the cap constrained the Hawks from even seriously considering bringing him on (an additional point to my previous post).

  11. Scottie P says:

    Ya I hardly think this is great value for Kesler.

  12. Rufus T. Firefly says:

    Two observations.

    Anaheim just got hugely better and didnt give up a whole lot for the privilege. Kesler will be hyper motivated now too. Geez

    Hawks are clearly falling into salary cap hell. It’s going to be a very interesting next 12 months. As of right now this is a bit of a depressing day.

  13. Tim G says:

    “Hawks are clearly falling into salary cap hell”

    Yes… CLEARLY we are… *rolls eyes*

  14. Tab Bamford says:

    Vancouver has also reportedly traded defenseman Jason Garrison to Tampa in a package that brings back the Bolts’ 2nd round pick.

  15. EbonyRaptor says:

    I’m more worried about the 2014/15 salary cap. If the whispers are true tht it will be in the $69M neighborhood rather than around $71M – then the Hawks would not have been able to afford Kesler anyway, or Spezza, or Stastny. Plus if the cap is $69M – then it’s doubtful it will jump as much as $7M for 2015/16 which means these next two seasons may be the core plus the youngin’s since there won’t be any extra to add from the outside.

    But you know what – I’m OK with that. There’s something kind of noble in us against the world and it would be that much sweeter to win it with “our guys”.

  16. HawksNation4All says:

    The Salary Cap is in…$69 Million – It’s Official. ($51 Million lower limit)

    That sucks, and might explain why Bowman didn’t beat out Anaheim’s weak offer to get Kesler. He could still make a move for a 2C but he must unload Rosival & Versteeg’s at $2.2. Million each. Oduya at $3.3 would be good too. I really like Oduya but I believe that either Leddy or Dahlbeck can take his place next to Hammer without too much of a dropoff this year. My dream/fantasy is that Bowman is able to move Rosi, Steeg, Oduya, and Sharp in trades and replace them with Morin/Teravainen, Dahlbeck, Clendening/Johns (for Rosi), and Stasny at 2C.

  17. Cuz27 says:

    I can’t be the only person that see value in this trade for Vancouver. They get rid of a player that did not want to be there anymore and forced there hand when it came to where he went. Van is cleaning house and making plenty of cap space in what is a mini rebuild under new management, so this deal makes absolute sense from that standpoint. Had they picked up Etem, Noesen or Rakell this deal would have been much sweeter but they still got good players in return. Bonino will be more than a competent 3c for them and give them quality minutes every night. Sbisa was once a first rounder who they acquired in the pronger deal from philly. Yes he has had some injury problems but he is 24 with 5 years nhl experience and will slide in nicely with their young d core that includes Tanev and Stanton. Adding a first rounder is just a bonus that gives them some opportunity to package it in another deal for a depth forward need be. If im the canucks I love this trade

  18. HawksNation4All says:

    Oh, and Bollig at $1.25 Million per is a 13th forward that is a luxury the Hawks can’t afford, and who’s production can be easily replaced at 60% the cost.

  19. HawksNation4All says:

    I understand what you are saying Cuz27 but compared to the packages that were being floated around it’s much less value. In fact when people suggested packages much better than this from the Hawks, their were those on this board who laughed it off and said “their was no way in Hell that would be enough to get Kesler”…well they were wrong…very wrong.

  20. Fan since 2010 says:

    Word is that the Canucks wanted to trade Kesler and a 3rd round pick for saad and a 1st round pick.

  21. HawksNation4All says:

    According to CapGeek updated with the $69 Million Salary Cap the Blackhawks are currently $479,295 OVER the cap. Flyers are about $237k over. Moves are coming today from SB.

  22. wall says:

    H4All- Bollig’s output can be doubled for 60% of cost!!!

    hope- 23 gets moved!!!

    Ras-MOOSEn is probably better option than 52/23… and cheaper… I am 70% certain- and I have never seen him play!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Dickie Dunn says:

    “Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa and tonight’s 24th overall pick to Vancouver, and teams will swap third-rounders.” – supports the opinion that nearly all of the asking price (to the Hawks) rumors were ridiculous.

  24. morrison says:

    Sound the Moose call.

    23/52 need to go.

    F*** Kesler, hes a Franking cannuck.

    Even though the cap is 69? the other top teams (BOS, etc.) wont b able to keep even more players. If cap is 69 & 74 (not 71 & 76/78) ANA & CHI have the farms ready, to add. The other top teams do not.

  25. morrison says:

    ER,
    I feel the same way man.

  26. Sr. Brad says:

    As I said before, VAN was asking a ton from the Hawks…it doesn’t matter anyways because with the cap at $69 million, we simply don’t have the room for Kesler or Spezza.

    Wall, as for Versteeg, if he gets that knee 100% and comes back in great shape, then I promise he will make that $2.2 million salary look like a bargain.

  27. Dickie Dunn says:

    Sr. Brad – I hope you’re right about Versteeg (but I doubt it…). Sometimes, it seems as if somebody flips his “play stupid” switch.

  28. Rufus T. Firefly says:

    Versteeg has a ten cent head and is a shadow of his former self. I don’t buy the excuse that he’s still recovering from major injury. Fact is he was a distinct liability for the Hawks both on the ice and between the ears.

  29. Dave says:

    we get stan bowman as gm the ducks get bob murry who was already on the hawks payroll who would you rather have running your team i would take murry

  30. Mike the Mook says:

    Hawks GOT ROBBED . . . Kesler would have changed everything, needed him big time. The rest of the WEST will get much better, Hawks won 2 CUPS they will not win another with this group. Defense is weak, and no center with skills like Kessler around. What a shame! Hard to win 3, complacent and tired and TEAMS now know how to beat the HAWKS, dump it in, wait for under sized defense men to get close to the puck, a drive them off the puck, HAWKS to Small. They will be good, very good but 4 other teams will get better and better. So now what?

  31. morrison says:

    Heard it all before, and we still did what we did.

    The salar cap will press down on the ‘top’ teams. Good Time Management/Farm Systems will be the only way to be deep for more then a couple yrs…

    Hoss has 5 more yrs til hes 40, we are not the Shaa-arks.

  32. Frolik Navidad says:

    Put me on the side that believes Versteeg will rebound and become a bargain at $2.2 million and be a good trade chip next draft. The Hawks are definitely good enough to contend for another Cup. I don’t understand why some of you are so cynical.

  33. morrison says:

    Only because we tell it how it is. We do want Steeger, etc. to play good (like they can) but wree just not seeing it yet. I was happy we got Steegs back when we did, but it doesn’t feel like the same as Bicks. I do want Steeger to come back and kick ass for him. I think Bicks & Steeger can, due to not being ‘healthy’ from the start (but with Steeger he needs to show way more…).

  34. Big Indian says:

    It’s starting to fall a little bit into place now. Sharp’s agent said that Bowman told him that Sharp was absolutely NOT on the trading block. VAN has to be looking to get younger, so a Sharp for Kesler deal just wouldn’t make sense. The Hawks are reported by VAN to be in the deal until the end, but that has to be with potential offerings of young players and picks.
    And, we see Smith and Morin get deals done, so young guys with some proven production in the NHL are on the roster…………don’t quite see the reigns just being handed over to the Clendening, Dahlbeck, Johns group just yet….maybe they are part of the potential trade bait out there to be packaged with a “non-Sharp” veteran and picks. And I think that Q likes Versteeg, and I think they must count him coming back stronger and contributing. He looked pretty good when he first hit town again, but slumped toward the end. Would love to see him rebound and be a steady 3rd or 4th line guy.

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