June 27, 2014 - 12:10 PM
VANCOUVER - Everyone expected change after yet another rough season for the Vancouver Canucks and today months of speculation ended with the trade of Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks.
The Canucks picked up centre Nick Bonino, 26, defenceman Luca Sbisa, 24, and the 24 and 85 picks in the 2014 NHL Draft, which begins today, Friday, June 27. In addition to Kesler the team gave up a third round pick in the 2015 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," Canucks General Manager Jim Benning said. "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."
Kesler, a 29-year-old Michigan native, has spent all 10 years of his career with the Canucks after being drafted 23 overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by Vancouver. He had two years remaining on his six-year $30 million contract.
Vancouver holds the number six pick in the 2014 draft as well. The first round of the draft will begin at 4 p.m. Pacific Time and rounds two through seven will take place Saturday, June 28.
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