It was Nov. 2005 when defenseman Francois Beauchemin was traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Mighty Ducks. The Jackets acquired an all-star in Sergei Fedorov and a fifth-round draft pick in the ’06 draft while the Ducks got Tyler Wright — who didn’t make much of a mark in the NHL – and Beauchemin.
Without any hesitation back then, people were saying that the Jackets by far had the better end of the deal.
The Ducks made this move in attempt to gain room under the new NHL salary cap, whereas the Blue Jackets were looking for some veteran leadership and a proven goal scorer, as they club was hoping to contend for the first postseason berth in franchise history.
Eight years later, the Ducks’ management have a sly grin on their faces when they see No. 23 on their team.
Though “Beauch” decided to sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2009 — following in General Manager Brian Burke and fellow teammate Brad May’s footsteps — two season later, he would be in another trade that involved him going back to Anaheim.
Since 2011, Beauchemin has made a great first and second impression on fans in Anaheim. Personally, Beauchemin is one of my favorite Ducks who has made quite an imprint on me. One of my favorite moments was when he dropped the gloves with the Calgary Flames captain Jerome Iginla. He gained a lot of respect squaring up to a well-known heavy weight, and has made a huge impact on the team ever since.
Game in and game out, Beauchemin is a reliable defenseman who eats up minutes like a mad man. He averages about 24 minutes a game, and is a helluva player to have on the point with a slap shot that can part the seas. He also provides a physical presence, is a player who doesn’t normally take stupid penalties and is dependable on special teams. Overall, he ended up becoming the diamond in the rough for Anaheim, where he has happily found a home.
After being traded from the Leafs back to the Ducks “Beauch” told TSN:
“I’m excited to get back in a playoff race. I never really wanted to leave Anaheim.”
Last Monday night versus the Jackets, Beauchemin used his body to prevent two sure goals and his contributions to the team doesn’t just end there. I speak for every other Ducks’ fan when I say that I’m glad “Beauch” is back and is continuously showcasing why we are lucky to have him.