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

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Toronto Maple Leafs Trade Francois Beauchamin, Acquire Lupul, Gardiner and Pick
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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 seasons in his seven years in the NHL), Jake Gardiner may have the most upside.

Gardiner, a 2008 first round pick (17th overall to the Ducks) is just 20-years-old and is a point-per-game defenseman (30 points in 30 games) with the University of Wisconsin this season.

Lupul has missed much of the 2010-2011 campaign due to back injuries and has five goals and 13 points in just 26 games.

In terms of salary, Beauchamin is set to make $3.8 million until the end of the 2011-2012 season while Lupul is under contract to make $4.25 million until the end of the 2012-2013 season.

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