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Leafs Make Deadline Deals

Wednesday, 04.03.2009 / 6:32 PM / Press Releases
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Leafs Make Deadline Deals
Deadline Day : Burke Presser | Nonis | Wilson | Toskala | Gerber | Antropov
What The Other Side Is Saying : Glen Sather | Darcy Regier

Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced several transactions on Wednesday.

The Maple Leafs acquired a 2009 second round draft pick and a conditional draft pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft from the New York Rangers in exchange for forward Nik Antropov.

Antropov, a 28-year-old native of Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, played in 63 games for the Maple Leafs this season registering 21 goals, 25 assists for 46 points with 24 penalty minutes. In 509 career games with the Maple Leafs over nine seasons (1999 to 2009), the 6-6, 230-pound right-winger posted 125 goals, 166 points for 291 points with 477 penalty minutes.

In addition, Toronto traded forward Dominic Moore to the Buffalo Sabres for Carolina’s second round draft pick in 2009.

Moore, a 27-year-old centreman, posted career highs in goals (12), assists (29), points (41) and penalty minutes (69) in 63 games with the Leafs this season. Moore was claimed off waivers by Toronto from Minnesota January 11, 2008.

The Leafs also obtained goaltender Olaf Kolzig, defencemen Jamie Heward, Andy Rogers and a fourth round draft pick in 2009 from the Tampa Bay Lightning for defenceman Richard Petiot.

The Maple Leafs claimed goaltender Martin Gerber off waivers from the Senators and defenceman Erik Reitz (pronounced REETZ) from the Rangers.

Gerber, 34, played in 14 games for Ottawa this season compiling a record of

4-9-1, along with a 2.86 goals against average, a .899 save percentage and one shutout. In 14 games with Binghamton of the American Hockey League, he earned a

6-7-0 record, a 2.91 goals against average and a .910 save percentage.

Gerber, a native of Bergdorf, Switzerland, has played in 214 career NHL games for three teams including Anaheim, Carolina and Ottawa. During his NHL career, which began in 2002-03, he has registered a record of 104-73-21, a 2.61 goals against average and a .910 save percentage, along with 10 shutouts. In 2006 he won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes. He was originally Anaheim’s 10th pick, 232nd overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Reitz, 26, has appeared in 42 games this season with the New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild. In 11 games with the Rangers, Reitz collected zero points with 24 penalty minutes. Prior to joining New York, Reitz played in 31 games with the Wild registering one goal and one assist with 41 penalty minutes.

Reitz, a native of Detroit, Michigan has played in 48 career NHL games between the New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild. He registered his first career NHL goal on November 15, 2008 versus Columbus. He was originally Minnesota’s fifth pick, 170th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

The Maple Leafs assigned forward Tim Stapleton to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

The club also disclosed that goaltender Vesa Toskala will undergo season-ending hip surgery. His recovery time is expected to be four months.

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