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Ducks trade for center Ryan Kesler
Ducks trade for center Ryan Kesler

In the end, the Ducks' decision to trade for center Ryan Kesler was about one thing — helping them reel in their crosstown rivals, the Stanley Cup champion Kings. Kesler plays with a physical edge that the Ducks desperately need in the playoffs against the likes of the Kings and Chicago. The former Selke Trophy winner with the Vancouver Canucks has another talent the Ducks have been lacking, the ability to excel in the faceoff circle. On Friday, Anaheim sent defenseman Luca Sbisa, center Nick Bonino and the 24th pick in the draft to Vancouver for Kesler, who turns 30 in August, and also swapped third-round picks. Hours later, the Ducks stayed on the physical theme, taking...