Kris Versteeg Traded To Toronto Maple Leafs

Imtiaz FerdousCorrespondent IIJune 30, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 04:  Braydon Coburn #5 of the Philadelphia Flyers handles the puck against Kris Versteeg #32 of the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Four of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Wachovia Center on June 4, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have made a trade to take advantage of the Chicago Blackhawks' salary cap plight. Here is the trade: 

To Chicago: Viktor Stalberg, Chris Didomenico, Philippe Paradis

To Toronto: Bill Sweatt, Kris Versteeg

As you can imagine Toronto wins big here, but not too big. The Blackhawks get 3 very solid prospects. Stalberg was looking like a stud in training camp, and with a few more seasons of conditioning it might just happen. Didomenico is a solid prospect, and Paradis is just another first round pick, who was projected to go in the 3rd round.

Toronto is the big winner as I've already announced. The rights to Bill Sweatt is decent as he was an OK prospect, a second rounder who at best will be a second line player. With Versteeg we get a winger to play on our second line, though with the roster currently assembled he can play on our first line. He's young, he's talented and he improves every year, but he is not much more than what we expected from Grabovski so we'll see what happens to him in Toronto.

In conclusion Toronto wins this trade. I would rather have seen Patrick Sharp but I like Versteeg, he's young, he's skilled he won a championship. This should work out well. 

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