As many in this thread have already pointed out, this is a pretty bad deal for the Ducks. However, there is one point I thought of that nobody has discussed. It may not matter to the Ducks and their fans, though.
The Ducks have a great young forward core with Getzlaf, Perry, and Ryan but after that there isn't much to speak of. Lupul, even though he's not THAT good, would have been a good guy to slot into the top 6 once Selanne/Koivu retire. Unless some of their prospects can make the jump to the NHL in the next few years and make an impact right away, the Ducks' offense could really dry up.
Of course, the Ducks might also trade for a top 6 forward so like I said, this may be a non-issue.
Definitely the best trade Burke's pulled off for the Leafs in my opinion. If Lupul can stay healthy, he's a solid top-six guy who can put up 40-50 points.
And Jake Gardiner is a solid prospect. It raises one question; I thought I remember hearing last year he was considering leaving University of Wisconsin either last year (which he obviously didn't) or this year. Now that he's been dealt, any Leafs fans wonder if he'll make the sign and void the last year of University next year?
I hope Beauchemin can be the same defenseman he was while he was with Anaheim. I liked him then, wasn't too fond of his play with the Leafs.
Classic HF reaction... whoever gets the best prospect wins the deal...
But it's a good trade for both sides. Ducks get a guy back who has won it with them before, and while they give up a good prospect Lupul with his injury has been on the path to spare part so he gets a chance to ignite his offense again with the Leafs.
Not to mention, since Beauchemin has time left on his contract, the Ducks get a long term asset, whereas Gardiner could be deemed expendable especially with Fowler and Sbisa looking like future studs for them.
Of course, the Leafs lose a minute munching defenseman...
Who has already walked away from this team via free agency and will probably do again for a big payday. Not to mention he only looked good when playing Niedermayer.
And on top of that we gave away one of our best prospects.
There are a few teams in the NHL who would consider Gardiner their top D-man prospect if they owned his rights. Have you seen him play this season? His skating is great, his play in his own zone has improved in leaps and bounds, and he is putting up PPG. He is definitely better than a middle of the road prospect.
There is a big difference between the NCAA and professional hockey. Especially for undersized defencemen. I think Gardiner is far from a sure thing at this point.
Given what the market will be for defencemen, especially ones that can put up big minutes, this is a fair trade IMO. The fact the Ducks actually managed to shed a bit of cap space in this transaction is also huge.
Lupul's contract is by far the riskiest one in this deal.
When Lupul has injury problems and a 4.25 long term contract, he isn't considered equivalent to a first rounder. It doesn't work that way.
Even if you take Lupul out of the equation, Leafs still got a 1st rounder in return for Beauch. Most of the teams fans would have had fits if they were proposed Beuach for their 1st.
I'm just glad we didn't get ripped off in a deal. But it is to show that Leafs players do have value around the league. The board doesn't know everything. Beauchemin is a solid defenseman and will help Anaheim.