ANAHEIM CA - DECEMBER 10: Joffrey Lupul #19 of the Anaheim Ducks is pursued by Curtis Glencross #40 of the Calgary Flames for the puck in the third period at the Honda Center on December 10 2010 in Anaheim California. The Ducks defeated the Flames 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Toronto Maple Leafs Trade Francois Beauchemin To Anaheim Ducks For Joffrey Lupul, Prospect, Pick

The Anaheim Ducks bolstered the defense while the Toronto Maple Leafs bolstered their offense on Wednesday as the teams swapped Francois Beauchemin for Joffrey Lupul.

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How The Maple Leafs-Ducks Trade Impacts The Salary Cap

What’s significant about today’s Francois Beauchemin for Joffrey Lupul deal? A number of NHL GMs have groused about how every deal out there has had to be both a mix of talent-for-talent and cap-for-cap. With Toronto and Anaheim dealing today, they’ve done roughly just that.

Here’s the cap shakedown.

Francois Beauchemin
Cap Hit: $3.8 million
Remaining Salary: $3.650 million (2011-12)

Joffrey Lupul
Cap Hit: $4.250
Remaining Salary: $4.250 million (2011-12, 2012-13)

There’s a swing of 600k going towards Toronto. Anaheim was already around $3 million under the cap, and this will give them some more wiggle room for any moves over the next three weeks while ditching a bad contract.

While this looks like essentially a one-for-one deal, there’s a little more to the equation. Yes, Anaheim gets some much-needed blueline help while Toronto tries to find any veteran scoring (despite Lupul’s mediocre and injury-plagued season), but the steal to all of this could be Anaheim throwing in former first-rounder Jake Gardiner.

Gardiner, who is currently with the Wisconsin Badgers, was Anaheim’s top defensive prospect behind now-NHLer Cam Fowler. Gardiner has 14 points in 20 games with the Badgers; considering that Lupul had two more years left and was underachieving for his cap hit, Gardiner was the key to making this transaction happen. If Lupul can return to form with Toronto, all the better for Brian Burke.

All numbers courtesy of NHL Numbers.

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Toronto Maple Leafs Trade Francois Beauchemin To Anaheim Ducks For Joffrey Lupul, Prospect, Pick

Joffrey Lupul isn't a stranger to being traded, but he is a stranger to trades that don't involve Chris Pronger.

That changed today, as the Anaheim Ducks shipped the injury plagued forward to the Toronto Maple Leafs for former Duck defenseman Francois Beauchemin. The Leafs also acquired college defenseman Jake Gardiner and a conditional 2013 fourth round draft pick. 

It's a change of scenery for both Lupul and Beauchemin and the trade fills an immediate need for two clubs that are eyeing up the postseason.

Lupul's missed a lot of the time thanks to a nasty blood infection that sidelined him for most of the current season. He's played in just 26 games this season and has had trouble scoring in those games, putting up on 13 points so far. The Leafs are in desperate need of scoring and the hope has to be that a new setting will allow Lupul to give them the needed boost.

Beauchemin won a Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007, so it's a setting he's obviously familiar with. The Ducks have been thin on defense for most of this season and Beauchemin gives them help in that department. He can eat up a lot of minutes for the Ducks as they search for playoff certainty. 

There are reports that say the Leafs aren't done trading today. Brian Burke has called a 4 p.m. Eastern news conference. 

For more reaction on the deal, check out Pension Plan Puppets and Anaheim Calling

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