Canucks trade Michael Del Zotto to Ducks for Luke Schenn

Luke Schenn (Wikimedia Commons)

The Vancouver Canucks  traded defenseman Michael Del Zotto of Stouffville, Ontario to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday for defenseman Luke Schenn of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and a seventh round draft pick in the 2020 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Del Zotto had one goal and three assists for four points in 23 games with the Canucks. In eight games with the Ducks, Schenn had zero points.

The Canucks become Schenn’s sixth NHL team. In addition to the Ducks, Schenn has played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings and Arizona Coyotes. The Ducks become Del Zotto’s fifth team. In addition to the Canucks, Del Zotto has played for the New York Rangers, Nashville Predators and Flyers.

At first glance, this trade is a change of scenery for two veteran defensemen. On December 30, the Edmonton Oilers made two similar trades to try and improve their defense. They traded Chris Wideman and a conditional third round draft pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft to the Florida Panthers for Alex Petrovic of Edmonton, Alberta. They also traded Drake Caggiula of Pickering, Ontario and Jason Garrison of White Rock, British Columbia to the Chicago Blackhawks for Brandon Manning of Prince George, British Columbia and Robin Norell.

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