These two franchises may seem like an unlikely couple. One is riddled with history and has been a pillar in the league’s development while the other was inspired by a Wayne Gretzky trade and a 90’s movie. The Maple Leafs and the Ducks have only faced off 37 times in 22 seasons, but that hasn’t stopped the two from getting acquainted. Like any casual relationship, the two talk sporadically, and, on occasion, create a big bang (in the hockey world).
Blue Steam takes a look at every transaction between the two and decides which team came out on top.
THE BIG ONES
Even though these trades were weeks apart, Bernier headed to Anaheim is a part of the deal. The Ducks wanted Toronto to pay Bernier’s bonus before accepting his contract.
Bernier was not included in the Andersen trade because Leafs had to pay a $2-million bonus on July 1. But that’s essentially what happened.
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) July 8, 2016
The conditional pick takes effect if Bernier plays in at least 50% of the Stanley Cup finals, whether he’s still on the Ducks or not. Mathematically speaking, the odds are in Toronto’s favour. Bernier will start the season as John Gibson’s backup so unless Gibson gets seriously hurt or Bernier becomes a star for another playoff contender, Jonathan’s riding pine come playoffs.
By comparison, 27-year-old Andersen is younger (by 14 months) and less experienced. Bernier has played in the league for parts of 5 more seasons than Frederik, but both have been “starters” for the past three years. In that time, Andersen has 18 more wins despite 26 fewer starts (keep in mind that’s also playing for a better Anaheim team). They’ve both recorded 6 shutouts and Andersen’s GAA and SV% are 0.47 lower and 0.03 higher, respectively.
On paper, their stats really aren’t that different. You can’t blame Leafs fans for being cautious about the “next starting goalies” after Justin Pogge, Vesa Toskala, Andrew Raycroft, and Jonas Gustavsson left us defeated and broken. Andersen’s number will fall this year as Toronto rebuilds but the future looks good.
For the time being, the Ducks win the trade. The team’s crease stays steady and Sam Steel is a monster threat in the WHL. However, if Andersen reaches his potential, two draft picks is a small price to pay for a franchise back stopper.With the 2013 4th round (177th overall) pick, San Jose Sharks picked Fredrik Bergvik (Anaheim to Toronto to Chicago to San Jose) who is playing in Swedish tier 2 league.
Enough time has passed since this trade that we can make a fair analysis. Having already spent four years in Anaheim, including a Cup win in 2007, Beauchemin was a fan favourite out west. He remained an effective player during his second stint, recording at least 20 points in three of four seasons before heading to Colorado.
In return, Beauchemin was replaced with a first-rounder who was ten years younger. In his 4.5 seasons in the NHL, 26-year-old Jake Gardiner has had four 30-point seasons.
To sweeten the deal, the Leafs got King Joffrey. It’s hard to think of Lupul as more than a human band-aid but the 32-year-old has averaged 0.65 ppg over 5 seasons and was an alternate captain in the 2012 All-Star Game.
We could argue contractual worth, but the fact is the Leafs replaced an aging defenseman with a budding young gun, scored a top-line winger, and have kept both around since.
Things looked good in 2007-08; Toskala had a 33-25-6 record in Toronto, a 2.74 GAA, and a .904 SV%. It was the next two years where he plummeted. In 2008-09, his GAA shot up 0.47 and SV% dropped 0.13 in 13 fewer games. Coaches limited him to just 26 starts the next year, where his GAA ballooned to 3.66 and his SV% free fell to .874 before the trade.
Jason Blake had 141 points in 216 games (0.652 PPG) with the Leafs before the trade, but he production dropped heavily after landing in California. He had just 59 points in 147 games (0.401 PPG) and has been out of the league since 2011-12. In relative terms, he had fewer points in 2.5 seasons (59) with a talented Ducks team than he did in 2008-09 with the Leafs (63).
In return, JS Giguere played in all but 9 of the final 26 games for the Leafs that year, taking the reins from Jonas Gustavsson. Giguere had a 2.49 GAA and .916 SV% that season in Toronto and backed up James Reimer the following year.
Toskala never played a game in Anaheim. Two months after he landed in California, the Ducks shipped him to Calgary.
Toronto replaced a deadbeat goalie with one who could still contribute and sent a declining winger on his way.
Winner: LeafsBlacker kicked around the Leafs system for years but never played for the big club. In fact, he only made the jump to the NHL for one game and now plays in the Germany league. Anaheim used Toronto’s 2nd round pick on 6-foot-4 Marcus Pettersson of the Swedish Elite League. Despite his height, the knock against the 20-year-old is he only weighs 160 pounds. In his first real stint with Skelleftea AIK last season, Pettersson had 7 points in 43 games (none in his first five games in 2016-17).
In a roundabout way, that 7th rounder was originally Anaheim’s, sent to Toronto in the Dave Steckel deal (we’ll get to that later). The Ducks used it to draft Ondrej Kase (14 points, 25 games last year in AHL San Diego).
Brad Staubitz played 230 games with San Jose, Minnesota, Montreal, and Anaheim. He never played in Toronto and now opposes Blacker in Germany.
The takeaway here is that the Leafs got Peter Holland. His numbers aren’t as high as you’d hope a 15th overall’s would be but he’s been a solid depth guy in Toronto, playing 166 games and notching 62 points games over three seasons. He’s likely to start the season on the fourth line, but with guys like Frederik Gauthier, Connor Brown, and Byron Froese fighting for spots, Holland could start the year with the Marlies.
At this point, Pettersson’s likely staying overseas and Kase could one day play for the Ducks but the book is closed on both Blacker and Staubitz. Holland’s time in the Leafs bottom-6 is enough to call this trade a Toronto win.
THE LESSER ONES
Brewer had played 26 games between Anaheim and Tampa Bay that year while making $3.75 million, notching just 1 goal and 6 points. The Ducks traded that contract for a 27-year old defenseman making $850,000.
Brewer played 18 games for the Leafs to finish the season and was out the door that summer, while Holzer just resigned with Anaheim on July 2nd. It’s not a significant trade at first glance, but Anaheim dropped an expiring talent’s huge contract and gained a cheaper, big bodied 7th defenseman.
The Ducks certainly won the trade but Leafs fans will want to take a closer look. Toronto flipped that pick (145th overall pick [WHL Calgary Hitmen’s defensive forward Beck Malenstyn]) and Daniel Winnik to the Capitals for Connor Carrick, Brooks Laich, and a 2016 2nd round pick (Carl Grundstrom). It’s an unrelated conversation, but a trade we can be excited about.
Who’s Ryan Lasch? A right winger who had 10 points in 30 career AHL games. Since this trade, Lasch has bounced around Sweden, Finland, and the ECHL. That 7th round pick was eventually traded back to Anaheim (who else?) and used to select forward Ondrej Kase (as previously mentioned).
Steckel was known for his talents in the faceoff circle and on the PK, not on the scoreboard. Even if he only averaged 12:28 TOI over his career, that’s better than an old prospect currently playing in “Gothenburg.”
It’s fitting that the Leafs traded the pick that would be used to draft John Gibson to the Ducks, then trade for the guy fighting for Gibson’s job. The 23-year-old solidified himself at Anaheim’s goalie of the future after his 21-13-4 record last year, posting a 2.07 GAA and .920 SV%. He’s also performed against the world’s best, stopping 28 of 31 shots in a 4-3 OT win against Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey.
Last year, Rickard Rakell played 80% of his games opposite Corey Perry and often had Ryan Getzlaf as his centerman. He has 20 goals and 43 points last year, which will likely improve as he matures.
Tyler Biggs continues to disappoint #Leafs fans. Decent motor & good size but lacks a purpose and hockey sense appears very questionable.
— Leafs Prospectus (@LeafsProspectus) May 6, 2015
…Tyler Biggs has 17 points in 119 AHL games and was apart of the Kessel trade.
Winner: DucksAside from Phil, Mike Brown was arguably the most entertaining player during the Leafs’ Dark(est) Ages. He only had 13 points in 112 games in Toronto, but he was the hard-hitting, fast-skating, face-punching glimmer of hope fans needed every night.
Chris Wagner has 6 NHL points in 52 NHL games, split between Anaheim and Colorado.
Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear moustaches.
Manson, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound right-shooting defenseman, has earned an everyday spot in Anaheim. He played 71 games for the team last year and finished the season alongside Hampus Lindholm.
The Leafs rolled the dice when drafting Rupert. He and twin brother Matt were gritty, fan favourites in London but their size was always a negative factor. The 5-foot-9 centerman was a part of the Dion Phaneuf trade, and put up 15 points in 59 games between the Marlies and the AHL’s Binghamton Senators last season.
Luca Caputi never played for the Ducks. He scored all but 2 of his 9 career NHL points with the Leafs. Now he’s an assistant coach for the OHL’s Guelph Storm
Deschamps never played for the Leafs. Toronto traded him to the Washington capitals in 2013-14 where he played three games and recorded 0 points. In return, the Leafs got Kevin Marshall (idk who is either).
Everson played college hockey at Harvard and put up 30 points for the ECHL’s Atlanta Gladiators last year. Now he’s in Austria.
For clearing space off the roster, Ducks win. For putting the guy responsible for this call on the roster, Leafs win.
Mark Fraser is an old school defenseman that played 68 games with the Leafs, remembered for blocking a shot with his face. Dale Mitchell never played in the NHL and is now on the Odense Bulldogs of the Danish league.
You could argue one way or the other, but I’ll call it a draw.Pogge never played for the Ducks. His 1-4-1 NHL record (all with the Leafs), includes a 4.36 GAA and 0.844 SV%. Robertson is a 25-year-old defenseman who’s yet to play in the NHL.
Thought it was cute seeing a goalie in a Justin Pogge jersey at men’s league last night. Then I thought that might actually be Justin Pogge.
— Iain Colpitts (@IainMissiNews) July 5, 2016
Yake had back-to-back 50+point seasons in Hartford (53 in 1992-93) and Anaheim (52 in 1993-94) but just 5 points in just 19 career games with the Leafs. He’d bounce around the IHL and AHL the next two years before landing in St. Louis, but his best days were behind him.
In one season with the Leafs, Sacco had 2 points in 4 games. In his first year in Anaheim he had 2 points in 8 games, then 14 in 23 games the following year. After that, he was done in the NHL.
God only knows what logic went into trading a guy with back-to-back 50-point seasons for a chump with 2 points.
I’m not sure who loses. The Leafs because of Yake’s 90% point production drop or Anaheim for only getting a 10th round pick for its all-time leading scorer at the time.