Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Sunday that the team has completed two major trades with Western Conference teams.
The Maple Leafs have obtained defenceman Dion Phaneuf
, forward Fredrik Sjostrom, and defenceman Keith Aulie from Calgary in exchange for forwards Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman, Jamal Mayers and defenceman Ian White.
The Maple Leafs have also acquired goaltender J.S. Giguere from the Anaheim Ducks in return for goaltender Vesa Toskala and forward Jason Blake.
Phaneuf, 24, is playing in his fifth season in the NHL and has appeared in two All-Star Games (2007, 2008). Last night’s goal at Edmonton gave him 10 on the season which marked the fifth time in his career he has reached at least double-digits. He has 10 goals and 12 assists in 55 games this season with a +3 mark while recording 49 minutes in penalties. He has recorded five goals on the powerplay while averaging 23:14 in icetime. In 378 career games with the Flames he has 75 goals and 153 assists for 228 points. Phaneuf was selected to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 2006 and he was an NHL First-All Star Team in 2008. He was Calgary’s first pick, 9th overall, in 2003.
Sjostrom, 26, has one goal and five assists in 46 games in his first season with the Flames in 2009-10. He has eight penalty minutes and +2 plus minus rating. In 404 career NHL games he has 42 goals and 52 assists for 94 points. He has previous NHL experience with the Coyotes and New York Rangers.
Aulie, 20, was Calgary’s third choice, 116th overall, in the 2007 Entry Draft. He has collected two goals and four assists in 43 games with the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League in 2009-10. The 6-6, 208 pound defenceman captured a Gold Medal with Canada at the 2009 World Junior Hockey Championship in Ottawa, Ontario. He was a Western Hockey League First All-Star Team (East) selection in 2009.
Giguere, 32, has played 20 games for Anaheim this season registering a record of 4-8-5, a save percentage of .900 and a 3.14 goals against average. In 2007 he backstopped the Ducks to a Stanley Cup championship and in 2003 he won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Stanley Cup playoffs most valuable player. He is Anaheim’s all-time leader in wins (206) and shutouts (32) by a goaltender. He also holds the club record for wins in a season (36 in 2006-07), shutouts (8 in 2002-03) and goals against average (2.13 in 2001-02). The Montreal native has played 477 career games NHL games with Anaheim, Calgary and Hartford during which he has earned a record of 214-177-61, a .goals against average of 2.52, .913 save percentage and 32 shutouts.