The Maple Leafs, announced Wednesday that the team has traded defenceman Francois Beauchemin to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Joffrey Lupul, defenceman Jake Gardiner and a conditional Ducks’ fourth-round draft pick in the 2013 Entry Draft.
Lupul, 27, has five goals and 13 points in 26 games with the Ducks this season. He has compiled 117 goals and 121 assists for 238 points in 421 career NHL games with the Ducks, Oilers and the Flyers.
Gardiner, 20, was originally Anaheim’s first-round draft pick, 17th overall, in the 2008 Entry Draft. The native of Deephaven, Minnesota has 30 games this season with the University of Wisconsin Badgers, he has seven goals and 23 assists. He was named to the 2009 WCHA All-Rookie Team. Gardiner was a member the gold-medal winning U.S.A. team at the 2010 World Junior Hockey Championships where he was a teammate of current Leafs prospect Jerry D’Amigo.
Beauchemin, 30, has two goals and 10 assists while playing in all 54 games for the Maple Leafs in 2010-11. He joined the Leafs as a free agent in July 2009 and returns to Anaheim where he won a Stanley Cup with current Toronto general manager Brian Burke in 2007.