Ducks acquire James Wisniewski in trade with Blue Jackets
The Anaheim Ducks have acquired defenseman James Wisniewski in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for winger Rene Bourque, prospect William Karlsson and a second-round 2015 draft pick, the team announced.
The Blue Jackets also sent the Detroit Red Wings' third-round 2015 draft pick to the Ducks.
Wisniewski, 31, had been with the Blue Jackets since 2011. In 56 games this season, he has 29 points (eight goals, 21 assists) in an average ice time of 21:25.
[daily_cut.nhl]Wisniewski has a cap hit of $5.5 million this season and is signed through 2016-17.
The Ducks placed Bourque on waivers on Monday. He was acquired in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens in November and appeared in 30 games for the Ducks. Over his his full 43 games this season, Bourque has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in an average ice time of 12:12.
Bourque has a $3.3 million cap hit and is signed through 2015-16.
Karlsson, 22, was a 2011 second-round draft pick of the Ducks. In 18 games with Anaheim this season, he has three points (two goals, one assist) in an average ice time of 12:09.
The Ducks (40-17-7) lead the Pacific Division with 87 points. The Blue Jackets (26-32-4) are seventh in the Metropolitan Division with 56.
- Mike Fiammetta