Mighty Ducks-Canucks Trade Voided
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ The trade of center Peter Zezel to the Mighty Ducks has been voided because Zezel declined to report to Anaheim.
The Ducks acquired Zezel from Vancouver in exchange for future considerations Tuesday.
Zezel, 33, didn’t expect to be traded and his agent had asked Vancouver not to move him because of a family illness. Zezel’s 3-year-old niece, Jilliann Carter, has cancer. She is the daugher of Zezel’s sister, Neda.
A few weeks ago, Zezel took a week-long leave from the Canucks to go with his sister’s family to Disney World.
Ducks general manager Pierre Gauthier was made aware of the situation and a clause was put in the deal that if Zezel failed to report to the Ducks, his rights would revert back to Vancouver.
``We respect his situation and realize some things are bigger than hockey,″ Gauthier told the Orange County Register before the trade was voided.