- Craig Custance
Ducks get: Ryan Kesler, Vancouver’s third-round pick in 2015 draft
The Ducks went into this offseason with a clear-cut need for a No. 2 center and had Kesler at the top of their wish list. That they were able to pull this deal off without trading the No. 10 overall pick, acquired from Ottawa in the Bobby Ryan deal, is an absolute coup. It’s believed that the Ducks were willing to include that pick at the trade deadline because it meant they would have Kesler for this past postseason, but GM Bob Murray gets full marks for standing firm on this offer now that they’re guaranteed only two possible playoff runs with Kesler.