The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded forward Kris Versteeg to the Philadelphia Flyers for a first round draft pick as well as a third round draft pick in 2011.
Versteeg, 24, has not produced the way the Maple Leafs hoped for when they acquired him from the Chicago Blackhawks during the summer of 2010. In 53 games this season, Versteeg has 14 goals and 21 assists to go along with a minus-13 rating. Despite his below-average statistics this season, Versteeg will provide some playoff experience to a Flyer team that is well on their way to the post-season.
Versteeg was a member of the Chicago Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup winning team; he scored six goals and eight assists in 22 games during that playoff run. He also played in 17 games for the Blackhawks in the playoffs one year prior, scoring four goals and eight assists in 17 games.
The move is the second this week for the Maple Leafs, and the second that begins to prove general manager Brian Burke might be re-thinking his plan with the Maple Leafs by acquiring draft picks and prospects. However, TSN’s Bob McKenzie claims that Burke is already looking to shop the third round pick he received in the deal, but he is going to hold on to the first rounder.
Versteeg has one more year remaining on his contract at a salary of $3.083 million. When the Leafs traded for Versteeg in the 2010 off-season, they were forced to give up Viktor Stalberg and prospects Chris DiDomenico and Philippe Paradis.
It is expected that the Maple Leafs will re-call centre Christian Hanson from the Toronto Marlies in time for tomorrow’s game against the Boston Bruins.
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