At the time, TFP had learned that the Ducks had offered defenseman Sami Vatanen, a forward -- believed to be Emerson Etem -- and a first-round draft pick to the Canucks in exchange for Kesler.
The Ducks were one of the few teams Kesler was willing to waive his no-trade clause for.
With the amount of young talent coming up in the ranks in Anaheim, the Ducks were willing to move two young assets in order to obtain a top-tier player prior to the trade deadline.
Kesler has two-years left on his contract and the Edmonton Journal reports the Ducks will revisit trade talks this off-season, leading up to the June 27-28 NHL Draft.
According to the Journal, the Canucks may want center Mathieu Perreault to be included in a deal for Kesler.
Vancouver has since fired Gillis and brought in Jim Benning as their new GM last week. Ducks GM Bob Murray and Benning will likely begin talks in the near future.