Ryan Kesler C ANA 2 Months

Kesler will make his Ducks debut when they battle the Kings tonight and will likely center the top line, the Anaheim Ducks report.

The big offseason acquisition noted that he wants to "chisel off the rust" tonight and is very excited to suit up in a Ducks uniform for the first time. Kesler brings more grit, grinding, net front presence and overall skill to a team that has plenty of it. The 30 year old center finally got out of Vancouver after a few very disappointing seasons for the Canucks organization. Kesler will have plenty of fantasy value centering the second line and will see plenty of ice time on the man advantage as well. In 77 games last season, he registered 43 points (25G, 18A), 239 SOG, and 81 PIM. And that was on a struggling team. A change of scenery may all but spark this Team USA star, especially with the talent around him in Anaheim.

Ryan Kesler C ANA 5 Months

Ryan Kesler, who was acquired in a trade by the Ducks from the Canucks hours ahead of Friday night's NHL Entry Draft, spent all 10 years of his NHL career with Vancouver but is excited about going to Anaheim.

"For me and my family, it's a positive move," Kesler said. "We're excited to be going to Anaheim. At the same time, we've called Vancouver home for the last 11 years. We have friends on the team, friends in the city and the organization has treated us very well. Saying that, I'm going to Anaheim to win a championship. That's going to be my sole goal and my team's sole goal. That's basically it."

Ryan Kesler C ANA 5 Months

Ryan Kesler doesn't think the Vancouver Canucks will be competitive in the near future.

That motivated Kesler to a request a trade. "Last year, the season was tough on all the players who play for the Canucks," Kesler said. "I hate losing, and that season was painful, to be honest. The fact that they're in a rebuild and looking to get younger, and years away from being a contender, it was just time for me to move on and win, and hopefully take home a championship." The Ducks are certainly a competitive team, especially with Kesler leading their second line. This core has to prove it can perform in the playoffs though as Anaheim hasn't gotten past the second round since they won the Cup in 2007.

Ryan Kesler C ANA 5 Months

The Vancouver Canucks have traded Ryan Kesler and a third round draft pick to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa, the 24th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, and a third round selection.

Kesler has struggled offensively over the last three years, in part due to injuries, but the change of scenery should do him some good. It's worth adding that while he had just 43 points in 77 games last season, the Canucks offense as a whole suffered under former coach John Tortorella. Kesler also plays a physical game and is good on the draw. He figures to serve as the Ducks' second-line center.

Ryan Kesler C ANA 5 Months

Ryan Kesler is reportedly on the verge of being traded to the Anaheim Ducks.

No details yet in terms of what the Ducks would give Vancouver in return. What we can safely say is that Kesler would serve as the team's second-line center, scoring the team two great scoring lines.

Ryan Kesler C ANA 5 Months

Ryan Kesler's trade out of Vancouver could be inching closer to completion, according to Darren Dreger of TSN.

He didn't have a destination worked out, but said a deal may occur within 24 hours at around 3:00 p.m. ET. Stay tuned as Kesler trade rumors are sure to heat up heading into the first day of the NHL Entry Draft on Friday.

Ryan Kesler C ANA 5 Months

According to multiple sources, ESPN is reporting that Chicago and Anaheim are the frontrunners for Ryan Kesler.

However, it's believed that no trade for Kesler is imminent and the Canucks won't move him unless they feel they getting far value in the deal. One source said that the Pittsburgh Penguins remain in the mix as well.

Ryan Kesler C ANA 5 Months

Chicago and St. Louis are now interested in the services of Ryan Kesler.

The two teams join Pittsburgh and Anaheim as Kesler has stated he wants out of Vancouver but wants to go to a contender as he still has a no-trade contract. Chicago may be a tough trade as the Blackhawks are nearing the salary cap ceiling and still need to sign Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to long-term extensions, while the Blues have plenty of room under the cap. Kesler will be a top-six forward wherever he goes so his fantasy value will not suffer.

Ryan Kesler C ANA 6 Months

TSN says center Ryan Kesler hasn't changed his mind and wants out of Vancouver.

Reporter Darren Dreger says Kesler "wants a fresh start and to move on from Vancouver; he met with (new Canucks GM Jim) Benning earlier this week to talk about that. It's believed that Kesler still has six teams on his list that he's willing to be traded to. And we think that Philadelphia and Anaheim are among those."

Ryan Kesler C ANA 6 Months

New Canucks GM Jim Benning would like to meet with disgruntled forward Ryan Kesler.

Kesler agent, Kurt Overhardt, confirmed that he and Kesler met once with Vancouver team president Trevor Linden and Kesler met Linden on another occasion. They are slated to speak once again once a new head coach and the GM are in place. According to the CBC's Elliotte Friedman, Kesler wants to play for a contender and it's unclear what it would take to keep him in Vancouver.