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Maple Leafs acquire Matthew Lombardi from Predators in four-player trade

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TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired forward Matthew Lombardi and defenceman Cody Franson from the Nashville Predators on Sunday.

In return, Toronto sent the Predators defenceman Brett Lebda and forward Robert Slaney.

The deal also includes a conditional fourth-round pick that Nashville acquires if Lombardi plays more than 60 games over the next two seasons.

If he doesn't, Toronto takes the Predators pick in 2013.

Lombardi, 29, missed all but two games of last season due to a concussion suffered in October.

"I've come a long way since then," Lombardi said during a conference call. "My everyday stuff is getting pretty close to normal, I've seen a lot of progress the last few months.

"Obviously it has taken a long time but I'm pretty confident I'm near the end. I'm getting better. I'm not there yet but my goal is to be ready for training camp. It is what it is right now and I'm looking forward to the opportunity."

The five-foot-11, 195-pound forward has 89 goals and 147 assists in 446 games with Calgary, Phoenix and Nashville.

Franson, 23, had career highs last season on the Predators' blue-line with eight goals and 21 assists.

"I'm real excited about the opportunity to go in there and try to play a big role on that team," he said. "I want to go in there and really try and help produce."

The six-foot-five, 213-pound Franson has 14 goals and 36 assists in 141 career games with Nashville.

Lebda, 29, goes to the Predators after registering just one goal and three assists in 41 games with Toronto last season.

The five-foot-nine, 194-pound defenceman has 19 goals and 53 assists in 367 games with Detroit and Toronto.

Slaney, 22, has yet to play a game in the NHL.

The six-foot-two, 203-pound Slaney spent the majority of last season with the ECHL's Reading Royals, registering seven goals and 17 assists in 61 games.

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