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Maple Leafs add Holland in deal with Ducks

Saturday, 11.16.2013 / 11:10 AM / News

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Maple Leafs add Holland in deal with Ducks
The Ducks acquired Jesse Blacker and a pair of picks in the 2014 NHL Draft from the Leafs on Saturday for Peter Holland and Brad Staubitz.

The Anaheim Ducks acquired defenseman Jesse Blacker and a pair of picks in the 2014 NHL Draft from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday in exchange for forwards Peter Holland and Brad Staubitz.

The draft choices are in the third and seventh round, with the third-rounder becoming a second-round pick should Holland play 25 games with the Maple Leafs this season.

Holland is expected to report directly to the Maple Leafs and should help shore up a Toronto roster that has been hit by injuries to two of its top centers, Tyler Bozak and Dave Bolland. Bozak has been out since Oct. 25 with a lower-body injury and Bolland is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair a lacerated tendon on his left ankle. Staubitz will report to the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.

Holland, a first-round pick (No. 15) in 2009, split this season between the Ducks and their AHL affiliate in Norfolk. In 10 games with Norfolk, he collected five goals and nine points. In four games with the Ducks, he has one goal and no assists.

In Blacker, the Ducks add depth to a defensive unit that is still without Sheldon Souray, who underwent wrist surgery during the summer. A second-round pick (No. 58) in 2009, Blacker has spent the past two seasons with the Marlies. In 61 AHL games last season, he collected four goals and 11 points.

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I'm very excited about what happened today. We've worked on this deal with Toronto for a month, or over a month. It got a little bit of legs on draft day, but it really heated up last night, and we were able to complete the deal today.

— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on Phil Kessel, who he acquired from the Maple Leafs in a trade on Wednesday