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Leafs Acquire Andersen From Ducks

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The Maple Leafs Have Acquired Andersen from Ducks

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Anaheim Ducks have agreed to a trade. The Ducks have traded Frederik Andersen to the Maple Leafs for the 30th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft and a 2nd round pick in 2017. Andersen is set to become a restricted free agent on July 1st, but he and the Leafs have agreed on a 5 year extension.

Andersen, 26, took over in the Ducks goal for Jonas Hiller in the 2013-14 season. He started 53 games for the Ducks in the 2014-15 season, winning 35 games and posting a 2.38 goals against average. Despite leading the Duck to the 2015 Western Conference Finals, Andersen fought with rookie goaltender John Gibson for the starting job. He still started 37 games, but Gibson shined in his playing time, raising questions about Anderson’s future.

The Maple Leafs struggled in goal last season, as Jonathan Bernier and Garret Sparks struggled to save pucks all season. The Maple Leafs gave up the 7th most goals last season, which played a large part in the teams struggles. By adding Andersen, the Maple Leafs look to build their team around their goaltending. He is still only 26 and comes with 3 years of playoff experience. The Leafs agreed to a new contract immediately after acquiring him. According to Bob McKenzie, the deal is worth $25 million, $5 million AAV, for 5 years.

With Gibson performing so well in goal, the Ducks felt Andersen was expendable.The Ducks didn’t feel extending him made sense for the teams future, which is Gibson starting in goal. General manager Bob Murray said the team was not close to reaching a new contract with him. The Ducks acquired two draft picks in the trade, which will help them add young talent to the organization. They will likely be in the market for a veteran goaltender. Murray said the Ducks would like to add a veteran goaltender who can start 25-30 games, and said there were multiple on the market.

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