Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks, Talking Deal?

Mark RitterSenior Writer IJune 25, 2010

ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 09:  Corey Perry #4 of the Anaheim Ducks lines up in position during a face-off against the Columbus Blue Jackets in their NHL game at the Honda Center on March 9, 2010 in Anaheim, California. The Blue Jackets defeated the Ducks 5-2.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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Rumors are circulating that the Anaheim Ducks have a proposal on the table that would send Corey Perry and the Ducks second round pick (42nd overall) to the Toronto Maple Leafs in return for highly coveted defenseman Tomas Kaberle and disgruntled forward Nikolai Kulemin.

In Perry, the Leafs would get a top flight right winger who can play in all situations. Through 368 career games with the Ducks, Perry has amassed a total of 118 goals, 153 assists for 271 points.

Perry, who was selected 28th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, would look pretty good alongside Phil Kessel, giving the Leafs a legitimate one-two punch with which they could build around.

Kaberle, who has been rumoured to be on the move for months, would give the Ducks a top defenseman that could certainly off-set the loss of the recently retired Scott Niedermayer.

The Ducks have seen both Niedermayer and Chris Pronger leave the organization within the past twelve months, leaving their organization thin on the back-end and in need of a player of Kaberle's ilk.

Kulemin, who is currently marred in a contract dispute with Leafs general manager Brian Burke, would give the Ducks a depth forward, who, despite not being offered first line money by the Leafs, may indeed evolve into one (as first line forward).

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Let's be clear, this is only a rumor at this point, but with the 2010 NHL Entry Draft just seconds away, anything can happen, right?

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