Leafs acquire veteran Brad May from Ducks
It was expected that Brian Burke would be making some deals following the New Year and he made his first move as Maple Leafs general manager today by acquiring Brad May from the Anaheim Ducks for a conditional 6 th round draft pick in 2010. This will be the third time Brad May has played for a team managed by Brian Burke, as he has played for Vancouver and most recently Anaheim under Burkes tenure.
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"Brad will provide character, toughness, and he is a proven winner," said Burke in a statement. "We look forward to the veteran leadership that he will give our team."
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Brad May was highly touted in junior while playing for the Niagara Falls Thunder of the OHL. Buffalo made him their first round draft pick, 14 th overall in the 1990 NHL entry draft. May never lived up to his offensive biling but became an energy player who was no stranger to dropping the gloves. His best season came when he notched 18 goals and 45 points in 1993-94 for Buffalo.
Over his career, May, 37, has played in 963 games, amassing 126 goals, 159 assists and a whopping 2, 121 penalty minutes. May brings lots of experience and grit to the Leafs, something they desperately need. He is also a champion, having hoisted the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007. May is in the final year of his contract that pays him $600,000 this season.
By Mark Stewart
ProHockey-fans.com Toronto Maple Leafs Correspondent
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