Kris Versteeg's acquisition from the Toronto Maple Leafs for 2011 first and third-round draft picks was an all-time bust.
In 27 regular season games Versteeg managed 11 points (7G, 4A) and 24 PIM (had 29 PIM in previous 53 games with the Leafs).
Even worse than Versteeg's underwhelming production and knack for turning the puck over, was the team's record with him in the lineup.
Versteeg's first game in orange and black was on February 15th in Florida against the Panthers.
From that date on the Flyers were 11-9-7 after holding down first place for most of the season.
Versteeg's contributions to the disappointing playoff run were minimal as well, posting one goal (game four in Boston) and five assists (all against the Buffalo Sabres) before being shipped to the Florida Panthers for second and third-round draft picks as a part of the Flyers' summer purge.
Versteeg's success in Florida this season (45 points, +6) has some fans wondering where that production was last season, but I see his numbers as fraudulent.
His failures in Toronto and Philly suggest to me he's just not a big-market player. In Chicago he was far from the focal point and found a role for himself on a very good team. But even after winning the Stanley Cup, the Blackhawks didn't seem to value him greatly.
Now, in the Sunshine State, he can put numbers on a stat sheet without anybody watching.
A move that worked out a bit more positively for the Flyers was their January 28th trade sending prospects Michael Chaput and Greg Moore to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Tom Sestito, who appears to be the "enforcer of the future" (if there is such a thing) for the Broad Street Bullies.