The Ducks announced today they have traded defenseman Sean O'Donnell to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a conditional 2009 draft pick.
O’Donnell, 36 (10/13/71), appeared in all of Anaheim’s 82 contests in 2007-08, the second time in his career he achieved the feat (also 2003-04 with Boston). He scored 2-7=9 points with a +9 rating in the regular season, adding 1-1=2 points with a +3 mark in six playoff games. The Ottawa, Ontario native appeared in his 900th career regular season NHL game on Jan. 18, 2008 at Minnesota.
It's the second stint with the Kings for O'Donnell, who played in L.A. from from 1994-2000.
O'Donnell will not be in the Kings lineup when the two teams play tonight in a preseason game at Staples Center, but could be when the teams play again tomorrow night at Honda Center.
Selected by Buffalo in the sixth round (123rd overall) of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, O’Donnell has appeared in 932 career NHL games over 15 seasons, collecting 27-150=177 points with 1,558 penalty minutes (PIM). He won his first Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007, playing in all 21 contests while earning two assists (0-2=2). The 6-2, 232-pound blueliner signed a two-year contract extension with Anaheim on June 23, 2007. O’Donnell has played in 767 of a possible 826 games over the last eight seasons, appearing in at least 79 games in eight of the last 10 seasons.
The trade marks just the second between the Ducks and rival Kings in their histories. Last season the Ducks acquired goalie J.S. Aubin from Los Angeles in exchange for a seventh round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
During the Ducks' preseason game against the Kings at Staples Center, both Burke and O'Donnell spoke to reporters:
I’d like to thank Sean O’Donnell. He was a big part of our Cup team, a quality person and a good player. We were in a situation where we had to move some money and we may not be done yet. I thank him and wish him well.
For us to start the season with Bobby Ryan, we’re still not there yet. We’re exploring other avenues and if we can’t do that, we have to start without him. I’ve covered that with Bobby and he understands. We’d like the option to have him here.
We try to accommodate players on their way out, like when we traded Todd Fedoruk back to Philly because that’s where his wife was from. Sean O’Donnell has a house in the area, and certainly with L.A. having interest, we thought that was a good fit for him, even though we have to play against him. We try to look out for our guys on their way out the door, as well as when they’re playing for us.
We think Ken Klee can help our team. OD gave us bite back on the blueline and we think Steve Montador can do that. Brett Festerling has put himself in the picture here. That went into the decision-making process. Ken Klee is a comparable player.
Our camp has gone pretty well, but we need some guys to pick their game up too. That’s not why we made the trade, but hopefully some guys will get a message here that we’re not going at a clip that’s satisfactory to us. We need some of our veteran guys to pick it up.
It was a bit of a shock, but I knew something had to give. I’ve been around long enough that nothing shocks me too much and I take it in stride.
I talked to Brian Burke today and I told him I’d like to wait a couple of days for the shock to wear off. I’ll call him again and we can talk about different things. But I can’t say anything bad about the Ducks. I came here after a situation in Phoenix that wasn't a good fit and then I went to Anaheim and things were great there. You'll never hear me say a bad word about the Ducks organization. I won a Cup there and I played with some great players and I'll always look back on this time with great fondness. I can't say enough about the way they handled things and the way they treated me.
You really do kind of form a bond, and for the three years I was there, it was pretty much the same team. Whether it’s Chris Pronger or Teemu or Brad May or George Parros, I have a lot of real good friends on that team. Todd Marchant texted me and it kind of caught me off guard because it said, “It was great knowing you and playing with you. Keep in touch and I’ll never forget that I was the one who passed you the Cup.” That group and that team and that organization will always have a special place in my heart because they gave me something that when I was a kid I always dreamed of. There are some unbelievable memories.
On finding out about the trade,
I found out about the trade at around 2:30. I was supposed to play in the game tonight and I was told I wasn’t playing. Just being around, I had a weird feeling all day. I told my fiancée, “I don’t know what it is, but I just have a weird feeling that something’s going on.” With the Mathieu Schneider trade and getting Ken Klee back and still needing to make another move, I just had a weird feeling. Then I got a text message that said, “Call Brian Burke ASAP.” That’s pretty much the kiss of death. I talked to him and he told me the news. Like I said before, I asked him if I could take a couple of days and collect my thoughts, and he told me, “My door’s always open.” It will be nice to catch up and talk more a little later.
On coming to L.A.,
This is where I broke into the league and played six years. So, if it had to be done, I couldn’t pick a better place.
Anaheim and L.A. aren’t in the exact same position right now, but I really think you have to take a couple steps backward to build a foundation and be good for a long time. I think this team is rebuilding itself where it’s going to be competitive for a long time. They’ve got great young players.