The Ducks have acquired defenseman James Wisniewski
and Detroit’s third-round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for left wing Rene Bourque, center William Karlsson and Anaheim’s second-round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Wisniewski, 31 (2/21/84), returns to Anaheim where he played 86 games from 2008-10, collecting 4-37=41 points with 72 penalty minutes (PIM). Wisniewski made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut with the Ducks in 2009, posting 1-2=3 points and 10 PIM in 12 games and helping the club to a first-round playoff win over the NHL’s top team in the regular season, the San Jose Sharks.
Selected by Chicago in the fifth round (156th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Wisniewski has scored 53-216=269 points with 449 PIM in 538 career NHL games with the Blackhawks, Ducks, New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens and Blue Jackets. The 5-11, 203-pound defenseman has reached the postseason in three of his last six seasons, picking up 1-6=7 points with 27 PIM in 24 games with Anaheim, Montreal and Columbus.
Bourque, 33 (12/10/81), was acquired from Montreal in exchange for Bryan Allen on Nov. 20, 2014. Bourque played 43 games with the Ducks and Canadiens this season, earning 2-8=10 points with 18 PIM. He also appeared in four games with Hamilton of the American Hockey League (AHL), registering 2-2=4 points with a +2 rating and four PIM.
Karlsson, 22 (1/8/93), collected 2-1=3 points with a +1 rating and two PIM in 18 games with Anaheim this season. The 6-0, 185-pound center made his NHL debut on Oct. 11 at Detroit and scored his first two NHL goals, including his first career game-winner, on Oct. 13 at Buffalo. Selected by Anaheim in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Karlsson earned 8-16=24 points with two PIM in 37 games for the Norfolk Admirals, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Below are Wisniewski's comments shortly after being acquired by the Ducks:
On today’s trade
I got a call from our GM [Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen] around 2:03 p.m. ET telling me I was traded. The funny thing is, I was waiting for it to pop up. It didn’t happen until 3:30 – 3:45 p.m. ET, when it appeared on NHL Network. The other teams I had on my [no-trade] list starting getting defensemen, and there was only one team on my list looking for a defenseman - Anaheim. I said to my wife, ‘Honey – there’s only one team left on this list.’ I had a good relationship with Anaheim and most of the guys.
No word of this is a lie - about five seconds before Jarmo called, my wife, Nicole, said ‘Anaheim has been kind of quiet. I think something might happen.’ Sure enough, my phone rang and I was told I was traded to Anaheim. She’s a psychic.
On his injury
It’s a bone bruise. I had an MRI today and it’s just a bruise. They say one to two weeks, maybe sooner. I fly out Wednesday morning and will be there for the Montreal game and a team picture on Thursday. I’m going to be working tonight and tomorrow to ice it and prepare for the long flight to California. I’m doing whatever I can to prepare for the road trip next week.
On moving from a non-playoff team to a contender
It’s a dream come true for nobody that’s ever won a Stanley Cup, or for guys who have won a Stanley Cup but haven’t won multiple ones. To be able to go to a legitimate Cup contending team, a team that has really high hopes on winning a Cup and winning anything less is unacceptable…words cannot describe the excitement I have. The year that has gone on in Columbus has been very, very tough.
To go to Anaheim, a familiar place and familiar organization, with the success they had, I’m going to try to do whatever I can do help achieve that goal.
On keeping in touch with old teammates
I talk to [Ryan] Kesler every once in a while. Ryan Getzlaf and his wife are our very good friends, and they actually have kept in contact the last four years. When I saw Ryan, it was always positive. I’m just really excited to get back to SoCal and get ready for a very long playoff haul.
On his playing style
I always pride myself on being able to move the puck, create offense and add an edge. [Laughs] Sometimes I’ve been carried away, where I’ve been suspended a few times. Playoff time is the most fun time of the year. It’s a battle, a war, every game. That’s what gets your blood boiling and what you look forward to. Hopefully, I can help this team with that physicality and help create offense.