A Trade Retrospective of the Anaheim Ducks

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Scott Bonin

The Beginnings of a Legend: February 7th, 1996

The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim acquire Teemu Selanne, Marc Chouinard and a 1996 4th round pick round pick from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Chad Kilger, Oleg Tverdovsky and a 1996 3rd round pick.

Tverdovsky would be dealt back to Anaheim on June 26th, 1999 for Travis Green and a 1999 1st round pick (Scott Kelman) going to the Phoenix Coyotes. 

I think this one is pretty self explanatory.


Doing Wrong by Zezel: March 23rd, 1999

The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim acquire Peter Zezel from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for future considerations. 

Zezel had requested a trade to an Eastern Conference team at the 1999 trade deadline to be closer to his niece Jilliann, who was terminally ill with cancer in Toronto. Instead, Canucks general manager Brian Burke dealt Zezel to Anaheim, the furthest market from Toronto in the league. Zezel refused to report to Anaheim, the trade was voided, he immediately announced his retirement and returned home to Toronto. 

Facing media criticism, the Canucks bought out the remainder of Zezel’s contract, ensuring he got paid the remaining $110,000 owed to him and made a matching donation of $110,000 to a charity for children with terminal illness.


Solidifying the Crease: June 10th, 2000

The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim acquire goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere from the Calgary Flames in exchange for a 2000 2nd round pick.

Giguere went on to play 447 games with the Anaheim Ducks, winning the 2003 Conn Smythe Trophy in one of the saddest pictures of all time and finally the 2007 Stanley Cup. In 2008 he finished a career best 4thin voting for the Vezina Trophy, behind Martin Brodeur, Evgeni Nabokov and Henrik Lundqvist. 

Meanwhile, the Calgary Flames flipped that 2ndround pick to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Miika Elomo and a 2000 4thround pick (Levente Szuper). Neither Elomo or Szuper ever played another NHL game. 


Unexpectedly Solid: March 5th, 2001

The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim acquire Jeff Friesen, Steve Shields and a 2003 2nd round pick  from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Teemu Selanne. 

Friesen would play 114 uneventful games in Anaheim before being dealt, along with Oleg Tverdovsky -  man the Ducks loved to deal Tverdovsky -  and Maxim Balmochnykh, on July 6th, 2002 to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Petr Sykora, Mike Commodore, Jean-Francois Damphousse and Igor Pohanka. 

On March 11th, 2003 they would flip Mike Commodore and Jean-Francois Damphousse to the Calgary Flames for Rob Niedermayer, a deal that inadvertently was a big part of their eventual Stanley Cup run.

That 2003 2nd round pick was packaged with a 2003 3rd round pick and sent to Dallas Stars for a 2003 1st round pick on June 21st, 2003. That pick would be used to select Corey Perry. 

Steve Shields was sent to the Boston Bruins for nothing important. 

Meanwhile, Selanne never really clicked in San Jose, leaving as a free agent after two unremarkable seasons by his standards. He returned to Anaheim on August 22nd, 2005 as a free agent.


Underrated Trade: November 15th, 2005

The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim’s high profile signing of Sergei Fedorov on July 19th, 2003 was suppose to be the missing piece of the puzzle after their heartbreaking loss in the 2003 Stanley Cup Final. However, this was not meant to be. Anaheim finished with 11 fewer wins than the previous season and missed the playoffs by 15-points. 

Just 5-games into the 2004/05 season the Mighty Ducks’ made an unexpected move, sending Fedorov and a 2006 5th round pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Francois Beauchemin and Tyler Wright. Beauchemin went on to play parts of 10 seasons with the Anaheim Ducks during three different stints, helping them in the 2007 Stanley Cup. 

Meanwhile, Fedorov’s career continued to regress over three seasons with the Blue Jackets and he was later dealt to the Washington Capitals for Theo Ruth….. Ruth never played an NHL game. 

So, the Anaheim Ducks essentially traded Sergei Fedorov for Francois Beauchemin straight up and objectively won the trade. 
 

Another Piece to the Puzzle: July 3rd, 2006

And a big piece of the puzzle, I’m talking like a quarter of the damn puzzle. 

The Anaheim Ducks acquire Chris Pronger from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Joffrey Lupul, Ladislav Smid, a 2007 1stround pick, 2008 2ndround pick and a 2008 conditional 1stround pick if the Ducks make the Stanley Cup Final… which they did big thanks to Pronger. 

On top of immediately helping the Ducks win a Stanley Cup, Pronger played 220 games with the club, recording 150 points. 

The Oilers didn’t quite have the same success. 

They dealt Lupul and Jason Smith to Philadelphia for Joni Pitkanen, who they flipped to Carolina for Erik Cole, who they flipped back to Carolina for Patrick O'Sullivan, who they flipped to Phoenix for Jim Vandermeer, who played 62 games and left as a free agent, and Geoff Sanderson, who retired after 41 games. 

Smid played 397 games with the Oilers, but never fully lived up to his 9thoverall pick status. He was dealt to the Calgary Flames on November 8th, 2013 in just the 2ndtrade between the two clubs in history. 

Edmonton dealt the 2007 1stand a 2007 2ndto the Phoenix Coyotes for the Coyotes 2007 1st, which they used to pick Riley Smith. The Coyotes picked Nick Ross with their 1stand Joel Gistedt with their 2nd, neither of which played in the NHL, so clean win for the Oilers…. Not quite, they would trade Smith before he even signed a contract to the Carolina Hurricanes for a 2010 2ndround pick, which turned out to be Martin Marincin, So, still kind of a win. 

The Oilers dealt the 2008 2nd round pick to the New York Islanders for Allan Rourke and a 2008 3rd…. the New York Islanders used that 2nd to select Travis Hamonic. Rourke played 13 games for the Oilers. 

They used their conditional 2008 1stround pick to select Jordan Eberle. The Oilers developed Eberle into a solid top six forward before dealing him to the New York Islanders for Ryan Strome. At some point in 2008 the Oilers became the Islanders NHL affiliate, a relationship that continues to this day. 


Bad Trade: February 26th, 2009

The Anaheim Ducks acquire Ryan Whitney from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Chris Kunitz and Eric Tangradi. 

The Ducks flipped Whitney and a 2010 6th to Edmonton the following year for Lubomir Visnovsky. Who had a nice little year and a half run with with Ducks before being traded to the New York Islanders for a 2nd, presumably as a condition of the Oilers development program with the Islanders. 

Meanwhile, Kunitz turned out to be the ying to Sidney Crosby’s yang. He would play his next 569 games with the Penguins, winning three Stanley Cups. Eric Tangradi never won a Stanley Cup, but has been a good little AHL solider for multiple teams over the years. 


Full Circle: June 26th, 2009

The Anaheim Ducks acquire Joffrey Lupul, Luca Sbisa, a 2009 1st rounder, a 2010 1st rounder and a conditional 2010 3rd rounder from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Chris Pronger and Ryan Dingle. 

Three years after sending Lupul to Edmonton for Pronger the Ducks sent Pronger to Philadelphia for Lupul. Lupul would miss much of the next season with a back injury before being dealt to Toronto with Jake Gardiner, but more on that later. 

The Ducks sent their 2009 1st rounder to Columbus for a 2009 1stand a 2nd. With those picks they selected Kyle Palmieri and Mat Clark. One of those two became a regular NHLer, too bad they didn’t hit their stride until being dealt to New Jersey. The 2010 1st rounder turned into Emerson Etem. The 2010 3rd was conditional on the Flyers winning the 2010 Stanley Cup…. so the Flyers kept that one. 

Pronger played well over 145 games with Philly before concussions ended his NHL career and he was shipped off to the NHL retirement home in Arizona. 
 

Lupul Today, Gone Tomorrow: February 9th, 2010

The Anaheim Ducks acquire Francois Beauchemin from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Joffrey Lupul and Jake Gardiner. 

So, Lupul and Gardiner went to Toronto. Long story short, Gardiner is the scapegoat for Leafs fans now and Lupul is on a permanent residency on Robidas Island. 

Beauchemin’s 2nd stint in Anaheim wasn’t quite as successful as his first as it didn't end in Stanley Cup glory and he left in free agency after four seasons. He did, however, finish 4th in Norris Trophy voting in 2013, marking his best individual season. 


Draft Day Magic: June 24th, 2011

The Anaheim Ducks acquire the 30th overall pick and the 39 thoverall pick in 2011 NHL draft from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for the 22nd overall pick. 

The Toronto Maple Leafs really wanted Tyler Biggs, enough they were willing to trade up to get him… that went well. 

In return the Ducks used the 30th and 39th picks to select Rickard Rakell and John Gibson. 

Even trade? 


Short Term Loss, Long Term Gain: July 5th, 2013

The Anaheim Ducks acquire Jakob Silfverberg, Stefan Noesen and a 2014 4th round pick from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Bobby Ryan. 

Another win for the Ducks as Silfverberg has become a consistent secondary threat in the years since, good for about 40-50 points a year, but Noesen was lost to the Devils off waivers. The 1stround pick was used to select Nick Ritchie, who is slowly finding his role. 

Bobby Ryan had three strong years for the Senators before injuries derailed his career. Now the Senators are having trouble finding a team to pay to take him off their hands. 


Kesler.. Just Kesler: June 27th, 2014

The Anaheim Ducks acquire Ryan Kesler and a 2015 3rd rounder from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa, a 2014 1st rounder and a 2014 3rd rounder. 

Kesler was fitting in nicely with the Ducks until injuries caught up to him last season and his offence dwindled. The 3rd rounder became Deven Sideroff, who will be lucky to play an NHL game. 

Bonino was flipped from Vancouver to Pittsburgh and won himself a couple of Stanley Cups. Sbisa was taken by Vegas in the expansion draft and was in and out of the lineup. The 1st rounder became Jared McCann, who was flipped to Florida after a cup of tea and finally the 3rd rounded was flipped to New York for Derek Dorsett. 


Expansion Woes: June 21st, 2017

The Anaheim Ducks give the Vegas Golden Knights Shea Theodore to ensure they select Clayton Stoner in the Expansion Draft. 

Yeah, they are probably going to regret that. 


Even Stevens: November 30th, 2017

The Anaheim Ducks acquire Adam Henrique, Joseph Blandisi and a 2018 3rd rounder from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Sami Vatanen and a conditional 3rd. 

Henrique and Vatanen are the focal points of this trade and both players thrived with the change of scenery, making this a rare trade that works out for everyone. At least in the short term.