Wisniewski, 31, is the major get.
He returns to the first-place Ducks (40-17-7) after spending two seasons in Anaheim from 2008-10. In Columbus, he provided eight goals and 29 points in 56 games this season with 34 penalty minutes. Wisniewski is a $5.5-million-salary-cap hit for the Ducks through the 2017-18 season.
"Wisniewski is not only a solid NHL defenseman, but he adds grit," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "He adds a power-play shot that is as good as anybody's in the league.
"It’s something we’ve been lacking, especially since
Wisniewski can not only help the Ducks on the power play, with top-scoring defenseman
Anaheim parted with rookie center William Karlsson, who was sent back to minor-league Norfolk last week after a brief return when center
The Ducks also receive a third-round pick this year from Columbus that originally belonged to the
The 6-feet-4, 214-pound Despres, 23, is an everyday NHL player who was plus-nine with 64 penalty minutes in 59 games, contributing two goals and 17 points for the playoff-bound team.
TSN first reported that trade.
Lovejoy said he didn't realized he had been traded until he returned to the locker room after practice and saw 15 text messages on his phone welcoming him back to Pittsburgh.
"I saw a few guys leaving the ice, a guy or two," Lovejoy said. "I thought I was safe and then I wasn't."
The 31-year-old blueliner said he will always look fondly upon his time with the Ducks since the team gave him the opportunity to develop into a solid NHL player.
"I've loved it [in Anaheim]," he said. "This place has been amazing for me both personally and professionally. I was given an opportunity here that I am so grateful for.
"I've always thought I could do it but I didn't know. I forever will be grateful to Anaheim for that."
Lovejoy contributed a goal and 11 points with 17 penalty minutes. He was plus-three in 40 games after breaking a finger in an Oct. 26 fight against San Jose and not returning until Dec. 12.
Lovejoy was perhaps the most candid Duck and he said early last month after being a healthy scratch in games Feb. 5 at Nashville and Feb. 8 in Tampa Bay, that he badly wanted to remain in Anaheim and help the Ducks win a
Lovejoy acknowledged on that road trip that he was aware the Ducks were seeking a defenseman to possibly replace him. His cause was hurt a game later, when he was minus-three Feb. 10 in a 6-2 loss at Florida.
"I need to be better," Lovejoy said afterward. "We can't give up that many goals, and we've done it a lot recently.
"Gotta look in the mirror, go punch the pillow."
He rallied to contribute five hits and five blocked shots in a 4-2 home win over the Kings on Friday.
Lovejoy's experience is seen as the major reason Pittsburgh has brought him back after he previously said he became lost in the shuffle of the talented roster.
Holzer, acquired for defenseman
Holzer, 27, has six points and 25 penalty minutes in 34 games.
"I look to be strong defensively and play physically," Holzer told the Toronto Sun.
The Ducks sent forward