Toronto Maple Leafs Trade Francois Beauchamin, Acquire Lupul, Gardiner and Pick

February 9th, 2011 by Dustin Pollack Leave a reply »
Brian Burke seems to be becoming synonymous with pre-deadline deals. Just last February, the Toronto Maple Leafs' general manager swung goaltender Vesa Toskala and Jason Blake to Anaheim in exchange for J.S Giguere. He also acquired Dion Phaneuf (current Leafs captain) as a pre-deadline deal that sent Matt Stajan, Ian White and Nicklas Hagman to Calgary.

Well, Burke and the Ducks are at it again. With just under three weeks till the February 28th trade deadline, the Leafs have sent defenseman Francois Beauchamin to the Anaheim Ducks. In return, the Leafs receive forward Joffrey Lupul, defenseman Jake Gardiner and a conditional draft pick.

Beauchamin, 30, has spent most of his NHL career with Anaheim, including winning a Stanley Cup with the Ducks during the 2006-2007 season. He was acquired by the Leafs as a free agent in 2009.

"We are thrilled to be able to re-acquire Francois,” Ducks general manager Bob Murray said in a statement to the CBC. “He is a physical, puck-moving defenseman with tremendous character.”

For the Leafs, while Joffrey Lupul may be the most notable name in the deal (the 27-year-old has had three 20-plus-goal seas ...

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