Ducks’ Ryan Kesler, “It was time for me to move on”
NHL NEWS: Ryan Kesler trade
The Anaheim Ducks held a conference call to introduce Ryan Kesler to the media.
“At the end of the day, I want to win a championship now and four years was too long,” Kesler said.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired center Ryan Kesler and a third-round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for center Nick Bonino, defenseman Luca Sbisa, the 24th overall pick (first round) and the 85th overall pick (third round) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Kesler, 29 (8/31/84), has scored 182-211=393 points with a +25 rating and 594 PIM in 655 career NHL games with Vancouver. A 2011 Frank J. Selke Trophy winner (awarded to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game) and 2011 NHL All-Star, Kesler owns a 52.9 career faceoff percentage (5372-for-10159) and led the Canucks in faceoff wins in five of the last seven seasons. The 6-2, 202-pound center has also collected 12-26=38 points with 71 PIM in 57 career Stanley Cup Playoff games. During Vancouver’s run to the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, Kesler earned 7-12=19 points in 25 games and led the team with a 54.1 faceoff percentage.
Selected by Vancouver in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Kesler scored 25-18=43 points with 81 penalty minutes (PIM) in 77 games for the Canucks last season. He led Vancouver in goals, game-winning goals (5), power-play goals (9) and shots (239), while ranking third in scoring and power-play scoring (9-7=16). Kesler also led team forwards in shorthanded time-on-ice average (2:12 per game) and overall (169:58).
A native of Livonia, Michigan, Kesler has represented Team USA at numerous international tournaments since 2001. Kesler appeared in the last two Olympic Winter Games, helping lead the U.S. to a silver medal in 2010 at Vancouver with two goals (2-0=2) in six contests. He has also won gold at the 2004 World Junior Championship in Finland and the 2002 Under-18 Championship in Slovakia.
Source: Anaheim Ducks MediaDucks' Ryan Kesler, "It was time for me to move on" by Matthew Sardo