The Toronto Maple Leafs added a little more grit Monday, acquiring forward Wayne Primeau and a second-round pick in the 2011 NHL entry draft from the Calgary Flames for defenceman Anton Stralman, minor-league forward Colin Stuart and a seventh-round pick in the 2012 entry draft.
Stralman, 22, became expendable when the Leafs signed defenceman Francois Beauchemin as a free agent and obtained defenceman Garnet Exelby from the Atlanta Thrashers. This also indicates star defenceman Tomas Kaberle will probably not be traded.
Primeau, 33, is from nearby Burlington, Ont., and uses his 6-foot-4, 225-pound frame to play a physical game. He missed 58 games with the Flames last season because of a foot injury. Primeau has played 715 NHL games with the Flames, Buffalo Sabres, Tampa Bay Lightning, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks and Boston Bruins. He has 166 career points and 754 minutes in penalties.
Stuart was not with the Leafs long enough to wear a uniform. He arrived in the Exelby trade last month.