Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Maple Leafs acquire Brad May from Ducks

The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired enforcer Brad May from the Anaheim Ducks. In exchange, the Ducks receive a conditional sixth-round draft pick in 2010. This is Bryan Burke's first move as Leafs GM.

May, 37, is in the final year of a two-year contract that pays him $600,000 this season. In 20 games with Anaheim this season, May has five assists and 28 PIM.

In 963 career games with Anaheim, Vancouver, Phoenix, Buffalo and Colorado, the Toronto native has 285 points and 2,121 penalty minutes. It's the third time that May and Burke will be reunited together (Anaheim and Vancouver).

The lack of toughness and grit has been obvious in the past few games and Burke wanted to rectify the problem as soon as possible.

Simple, but efficient, move by Burke. The acquisition of May might mean rookie enforcer Andre Deveaux will be sent back to the AHL soon. Meanwhile, rookie Nikolai Kulemin has been assigned earlier today to the Toronto Marlies.

In 40 games with the Maple Leafs this season, Kulemin registered seven goals and 14 points.

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