Sean O’Donnell is traded to the Kings.

The Ducks receive a conditional 2009 draft pick in return — the condition being, if the Kings trade O’Donnell during the season, the Ducks will get their third-round pick. So essentially, the Ducks give up the 36-year-old defenseman and his $1.25 million cap hit for nothing.

As for the salary cap, this puts the Ducks back under — barely. By one estimate (my own), they’re $25,000 under the $56.7 million cap ceiling. The team will want more breathing room once the regular season starts, as one AHL call-up could put them over the cap by virtue of the CBA’s rules on such things.

More significantly, it leaves the Ducks without one of their steadiest blueliners since he was acquired from Phoenix midway through the 2005-06 season. Perhaps this means the Ducks are leaning toward Ken Klee, whom they acquired in the Mathieu Schneider deal last Friday.

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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