|The Maple Leafs have shipped defenceman Francois Beauchemin to the Ducks. (JEFFREY KOWALSKY/Reuters)
TORONTO - Leafs general manager Brian Burke didnít wait until the trade deadline to get busy.
The team announced this morning that defenceman Francois Beauchemin has been dealt to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Joffrey Lupul, defenceman Jake Gardiner and a conditional Ducks fourth-round pick in 2012.
Lupul, 27, has five goals and eight assists in 26 games with the Ducks this season. The Alberta native was originally Anaheimís first choice, seventh overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft. He has 117 goals and 121 assists for 238 points in 421 career NHL games with the Ducks, Oilers and the Flyers.
"We are thrilled to be able to re-acquire Francois,Ē Ducks general manager Bob Murray said in a statement. ďHe is a physical, puck-moving defenceman with tremendous character."
Lupul has been bothered by injuries throughout his career and most recently is recovering from a back injury and subsequent infection.
Gardiner, 20, was originally Anaheimís first-round draft pick, 17th overall, in the 2008 Entry Draft. Though he has yet to make it in the NHL, he is known as a strong skater. He currently has seven goals and 23 assists in 30 games this season with the University of Wisconsin.
Beauchemin, who was a free agent signee two summers ago, has two goals and 10 assists while playing in all 54 games for the Maple Leafs in 2010-11.
Meanwhile, at the Marlies morning game at the Ricoh Centre, goaltender Jonas Gustavsson left after the opening period of the teamís game against Connecticut. The Monster faced just four shots as the Marlies opened up a 6-0 lead.