Perrott is seeing Stars

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

WASHINGTON -- For a guy who had yet to register a point this season, Nathan Perrott fell victim to the numbers game.

By shipping the gritty winger to the Dallas Stars yesterday, general manager John Ferguson freed up some much-needed cap space for the Maple Leafs. Perrott was on a two-way deal that paid him $450,000 US at the NHL level and $150,000 in the minors.

Had the Leafs attempted to ship him down to the Marlies, Perrott was eligible to be plucked off waivers by any of the other 29 NHL teams, leaving Toronto empty-handed.

At least this way, Ferguson receives a conditional 2006 draft pick. Should Perrott play in half of the Stars' remaining games this season, Toronto gets a fifth-round selection. Otherwise, it's a sixth rounder.

With the healing Nik Antropov and Mariusz Czerkawski set to return to practice today, Ferguson also was faced with making an imminent roster move to accommodate the two forwards. Of course, that might be a moot point should the knee injury suffered by defenceman Aki Berg yesterday leave him out of action of a while.

Either way, Perrott became the odd man out.

"I'm still a little shocked," Perrott said. "I grew up a Leafs fan and it is very hard to leave the city, but this is a chance to get into a lineup."

Perrott had three points and 118 penalty minutes in 43 career games as a Leaf.

"I wish him well," coach Pat Quinn said. "He gave us everything we could expect from him."


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