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Leafs Make Deal With Stars

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

WASHINGTON (CP) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded tough guy Nathan Perrott to the Dallas Stars for a conditional draft pick in 2006.

The Maple Leafs, who lost 5-4 to the Capitals in Washington on Sunday, made the move to create room on their roster.

"I wanted to be a Toronto Maple Leaf,'' Perrott told Leafs TV. "But I'm going to go there, do my best and work hard.''

The Maple Leafs will receive a fifth-round draft pick from Dallas if Perrott plays more than half of the Stars' remaining games. Otherwise, the Leafs will get a sixth-round selection.

Perrott, who had no points in three games this season, was the odd man out in Toronto. The emergence of rookie Kyle Wellwood and return of Mariusz Czerkawski from injury meant the Leafs had to demote someone to the AHL's Toronto Marlies or make a move.

In Dallas, Perrott will have to work his way into the team's lineup.

"Nathan comes in as one of our 23rd (skater) and we look forward to the grit he will add to our lineup,'' Stars GM Doug Armstrong said in a release. "We like his ability to skate and the pressure he can provide on the forecheck.''

In 66 career games with Toronto and Nashville, Perrott has two goals, four assists and 197 penalty minutes.

The Maple Leafs acquired him in a 2002 trade with the Predators.

"He's been everything we had hoped for,'' Leafs coach Pat Quinn said. "He works his hardest. This is an opportunity for him.

"We hope he has some good luck.''

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