Deal in works for Pogge?

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:19 AM ET

The Maple Leafs are close to a deal that would send little-used goaltender Justin Pogge to the Anaheim Ducks for a conditional draft pick.

A source confirmed to Sun Media that a deal is expected to be completed as soon as today. TSN reported yesterday that a late-round draft pick is headed the Ducks' way, its position to be ultimately determined by how Pogge plays this season.

TSN also said the Leafs are in negotiations with Nova Scotia-born free agent goalie Joey MacDonald, who played 49 games last season with the New York Islanders as the principal backup to the injured Rick DiPietro.

Though the Leafs retained Pogge's rights by sending the 23-year-old a qualifying offer in June, general manager Brian Burke said he would give him a chance for a start elsewhere if the right deal presented itself. Pogge laboured under the tag of Toronto's 'goalie of the future' when given his first taste of NHL action in 2008-09, with a record of 1-4-1 in seven games with a 4.35 goals-against average.

But the writing was on the wall a year earlier when the AHL Toronto Marlies didn't star t him in the playoffs. Pogge was chosen 90th overall in the 2004 draft.

Anaheim has no netminder of note behind Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Jonas Hiller. Coincidentally, Toronto just hired away Ducks goaltending consultant Francois Allaire, who was replaced by Pete Peeters.


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