The first domino appears to have fallen prior to the NHL trade deadline as the Toronto Maple Leafs have shipped defenceman Francois Beauchemin back to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Joffrey Lupul, defenceman Jake Gardiner and a conditional fourth-round draft pick in the 2013 Entry Draft.

The 30-year-old Beauchemin struggled during his time in Toronto after signing as a free agent in 2009, however he helped the Ducks capture the Stanley Cup in 2007.

A stay-at-home defender, the Sorel, Quebec native has two goals and 10 assists in 54 games this season with the Leafs.

Originally selected in the third round, 75th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Beauchemin has 27 goals and 99 assists in 373 career games split between the Canadiens, Columbus Blue Jackets, Ducks and Maple Leafs.

Meanwhile the 27-year-old Lupul, who missed 24 games earlier in the season following back surgery, has five goals and eight assists in 26 games this season.



  1. Boston_Bruins says:

    Gotcha. There was alot more to the game than those fights too. Horton/Marchand had some pretty good battles going with Subban the whole game.

  2. reinjosh says:

    I doubt that Burke trades Kaberle to the Bruins. I would be legitimately knocked out of my socks if he did. Burke isn't an idiot. I honestly think the only way that Kaberle is going to the Bruins is if that pick is coming the other way. 

  3. canucks4thecup says:

    If Lupul was a UFA at this very second, I would think a team would definitely take a chance with him at a 2 year deal for about 6million which is only a million less then he makes now….It's a sellers market right now and people with his size and offensive upside are valuable…..I'm sticking with the fact that he would get claimed on the way down and teams would take that extra million dollar risk.  Teams take extra salary all the time for players who can make a difference

  4. nordiques100 says:

    hmm i dont know if Florida needs a goalie prospect.

    Markstrom is there and he is a good one. They may want some goalie depth, but there is plenty of supply out there already.

    I dont think they'd be phased by acquiring a 1st, the price they paid to get Voks in teh first place.

    it will be interesting to see what Wsh and Phi do. both need a goalie. Lets not kid ourselves.

    but 1. will they actually do it and 2. for who? if both of them do nothing, that could make a big difference in their chances. I don't really care that the Flyers are in 1st.

  5. nordiques100 says:

    To some degree i agree with Cox here.


    leaning on the hope they pick 5 awesome players like Pitt did in the top 5 isn't exactly practical.

    instead of tanking he says its about finding different ways to get young talent. Agreed.

    But its nice to have 1st rounders. Its nice to have players with the chance to excel, but at a bargain price for the 1st 3 years. See Jeff Skinner. We dont need to go Crosby or Ovechkin on everyone.

    Not every year can you unearth a Kaberle in the last round of the draft. Your chances of finding the best talents are in teh 1st round. And, you don't need to trade a very solid leader and player with some miles left to get one. You are already, automatically granted a 1st round pick.

    Unless you pull a Kovalchuk like Jersey did and get it revoked, or trade the pick, endlessly, like Toronto has.

  6. nordiques100 says:

    I should explain better.

    I am just providing evidence to prove the point that Versteeg is a common player.

    People may scoff at the notion of trading Versteeg, weary especially of a price less than 3 prospects.

    And also, they're weary of losing what he brings.

    But, if there is pain there of not seeing a player with skill, some scoring ability, and strong skating as Versteeg brings, there's a player like Justin Williams for example to easily slot himself in the leafs lineup and pretty well bring exactly what Versteeg brings.

    Its not like say the Bruins trading Lucic. A player like that with skill and brawn, is not so easily replaceable.

    that's basically what i meant here. i didnt really mean lets get Williams.

  7. nordiques100 says:

    The old SNorris Division had some dandy rivalries too though.

  8. palindrom says:

    Analogy of the trade:

    Murray call Burke:

    Murray: Hey i have a broken iphone with an hefty contract, i would happily put it in the garbage if i could get rid of this phone contract!  I was wondering if you would be interested to trade it for your working old nokia.

    Burke: why would i want a broken iphone?

    Murray: Ho, but it work sometime, but not as well as a new one. And i wont lie to you, some days it doesn't work at all.

    Burke: What about the phone plan?

    Murray, well, that's about 420$ per years.

    Burke: no thank, for this cost, i would rather have a working new model. And my nokia cost me a bit less at 380$ per years.

    Murray, that's a shame! A new phonel cost less and perform better. why dont we just throw our item in the garbage and get new ones?

    Burke: We cant! We have signed 2-3 years contract. And, no way! I prefer my working nokia who cost me less than your broken one.

    Murray: Look, if i give you a brand new  Ipod Nano with my broken Iphone would you accept?

    Burke: That's sound great,  i really like these new Ipod nano! But i would like to have some guarantee. What if your Iphone just stop working?

    Murray: Look, if my Iphone dont work more than 1 day out of two, i will give you a pair of rechargeable AA battery! Deal?

    Burke: Ok Deal.


    Iphone = lupul
    Nokia = Beauchemin
    Ipod Nabo = Gardiner
    Battery AA = 4th round pick.

  9. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    totally agree mojo. Does that mean you just did another 180 or is this still the first one? LOL

  10. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    I understand the Drury/Finger comparison and that Drury is more established and a veteran. I think Burke would do everything he could to help Drury find a new home,but if he couldn't…Burke would do what he thinks is best for the Leafs  which would be sending Drury down or at the very least buyout the last year of his contract.
    The key in this trade is syill shedding the Komi contract and acquiring Boyle ( for Versteeg basically).
    I still believe it's a good deal for both teams.

  11. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    Forgot about Markstrom. My bad.
    I still believe Wash. has other problems besides goaltending.

  12. DannyLeafs says:

    haha, nice analogy

  13. DannyLeafs says:

    My point goes both ways though, would the fact that Burke was willing to give up Kaberle add more value to Boston, and would Boston pay a little extra for that added value?

    If we agree that Burke would trade Kaberle if he had the chance to any team willing to give up a good package, it makes no difference what team he goes to. In the East, if he gave up Kaberle to Boston, it doesn't really effect their slim playoff chances much more than trading him out west, since Toronto can't catch Boston, and having to play against Kabs is offset by other East teams having to play against him as well (If Boston is improved it doesn't hurt Toronto much worse then it hurts say Buffalo since both have several games remaining against them).

    So if Kaberle did submit a list, and that list only included a handful of team, Boston was one of them, and Burke made it known he would hold onto Kaberle if no suitable offer came in, do you think it would cause Chiarelli to look at the added value of weakening a team whose pick they have, and give up a little more value?

    Say Chiarelli realizes Boston could have Kaberle, re-sign him, and maybe hurt Toronto along the way thus making their pick climb up somwhere between 2-6 spots, would that entice Chiarelli to overpay for the player?

    Tortonto is in a spot where the loss of a player like that could be a huge difference. On one hand, they are right now just 8 points out of the playoffs and sitting 12th in the east. They could easily catch Florida and Buffalo as long as they play slightly better than those teams, putting their pick at 7th, with no chance at being first overall, and an extremely slim chance of moving up at all. However, if they play a little worse NJ could catch them, and their pick would be at 4th, with a chance of being first overall, and a much better chance of moving up because of the lottery.

    I just think it's an interesting scenario, and a very complicated one. It would be hard to tell who won the deal because of all the ifs.

    Say Boston overpays and trades Colbourne and their 1st (a pretty big payment for a rental), but then Toronto Falters and finishes 26th, wins the lottery and gives boston the number one overall pick? who wins that deal? Do you start to wonder if trading Kaberle had an effect on the pick Boston got?

    Boston could conceivable make a trade that gets them a player that puts them over the top, helps them win a cup, and also gives them the number one overall pick in teh same deal. Not gonna get that value out of Ottawa for Phillips.

  14. mojo19 says:

    No, i've always felt that way about Bozak and Versteeg. I think you got confused because one time someone suggested a trade involving either Bozak or Versteeg and I said if you could trade one in "that specific" deal let it be Bozak cuz Versteeg is better.

    But realisitically no one would really want Bozak. I don't even really want him.

  15. DannyLeafs says:

    The other side of it is that while he was a risk, and is a salary dump in the eyes of Murray, he could mean much more to the Leafs. He fills a need, a need we all know we have had. He has decent size, is willing to use it, and can score. He has been slowed due to health, but outside his stint with Edmonton, he has never really shown to be a disappointment when Healthy. He was great in Philly, and if he gets extra motivated, could provide more value to the Leafs than Beachemin did in the first place (mostly because Wilson over used Beachemin to the point he looked out of place).

    Gardiner and the conditional pick were an excellent value for Beachemin, Lupul could prove to be either a pure salary move, or a huge bonus, either way not so bad.

  16. hockey_lover says:

    Best rivalry?  Silly boy.

    The best rivalry is:   Toronto Maple Leafs vs "X"  … where "X" is any team from any sport ever.

    Pay attention.

  17. NonLeafFansAreGay says:


  18. mojo19 says:

    haha, hockey lover gets it. But you shouldn't write "silly boy" it makes you sound kind of, you know….

  19. Leafs_RegimeofBurke_ says:

    I think Brown was a first, wasnt he?must have been before 2001

  20. Boston_Bruins says:

    I've noticed you use a ton of Bruins analogies.

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