Francois Beauchemin Traded To Anaheim, Joffrey Lupul Coming To Toronto

February 9th, 2011 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has traded veteran defenseman Francois Beauchemin to the Anaheim Ducks in return for a package that includes forward Joffrey Lupul, defensive prospect Jake Gardiner and a conditional fourth round draft pick in 2013.

For Anaheim, they get a player that they are familiar with: A veteran Defenseman that can step into the lineup and give their team upwards of 25 minutes per game if need be.

Criticized for giving away the puck too often and looking slow on occasion, Beauchemin registered two goals and 12 points through 54 games with the Maple Leafs this season, while posting a respectable minus four rating on a team that has struggled to keep the puck out of the net.

Beauchemin has one year left on his contract, which carries a cap hit of $3,800,000. Anaheim fans remember Beauchemin from his four-year stint with the club from 2005-06 through 2008-09, culminating in a Stanley Cup victory with the Ducks in 2006-07.

Originally drafted in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Lupul (who stands 6’1” and weighs in at 206 pounds) has a total of three 20-goal seas ...

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