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Report: Leafs to deal Pogge, sign MacDonald

Sunday, 08.09.2009 / 3:10 PM / 2009 NHL Offseason News

NHL.com

The Toronto Maple Leafs are close to trading goaltending prospect Justin Pogge to the Anaheim Ducks, according to a TSN report Sunday.

The deal, which will see the Leafs receive a conditional late-round draft pick that can improve based on Pogge's play, is expected to be completed Monday. According to TSN, the Leafs are also expected to sign free-agent goalie Joey MacDonald.

The 23-year-old Pogge, a third-round pick in the 2004 Entry Draft, made his NHL debut with the Leafs this past season, posting a 1-4-1 record in seven games. He was 26-21-5 with a 2.70 goals-against average and .895 save percentage for the Toronto Marlies, the Leafs' AHL affiliate, and the previous season posted a 26-10-4 record, 2.34 GAA and .908 save percentage for the Marlies.

Pogge's chances of ascending the depth chart in Toronto seemingly ended with the signing of Swedish sensation Jonas Gustavsson during the offseason. Gustavsson is expected to challenge incumbent starter Vesa Toskala for playing time, which would have relegated Pogge to another season playing with the Marlies.

Pogge will join an Anaheim team that already includes Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who won a Stanley Cup in 2007, and Jonas Hiller, who comes off a breakthrough season in which he wrested the starting job from Giguere and led the Ducks to a seventh game against Detroit in the Western Conference Semifinals.

MacDonald, 29, appeared in a career-high 49 games last season for the New York Islanders, filling in admirably as franchise goalie Rick DiPietro missed almost the entire season due to injuries.

MacDonald posted a 14-26-6 record with a 3.37 GAA and .901 save percentage. He earned his first NHL shutout with a 42-save performance on March 27 at Detroit, and has a 17-34-9 record, 3.31 GAA and .900 save percentage in 66 career games with the Red Wings, Bruins and Islanders.
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