NHL Trade Rumors: Philadelphia Flyers Interested in Acquiring Kris Versteeg?
The Philadelphia Flyers have been all quiet on the trade front so far, but I suspect it's just a matter of time before the Flyers make their move. Some NHL clubs have already begun doing so, which just puts the pressure on other teams to make a move even faster.
There are very strong rumors that Philadelphia is interested in J.S. Giguere, but the move would not make any sense and the Flyers would have to cut their roster in half just to fit him in. He has too high of a cap hit ($6 million) and he just hasn't been playing well this year.
Philadelphia has also apparently been shopping around for a winger, most likely for Mike Richards to play with. With that said, the Toronto Maple Leafs have let it be known that they are "not done dealing yet"—even with the trades they have made so far—which only leads people to believe that Toronto is open for business.
If that is the case, the Flyers would be wise to take a hard look at Kris Versteeg. He would be a perfect fit in Philadelphia and could complement somebody like Richards very well. Versteeg wouldn't exactly break the bank for Philadelphia either, so he is most certainly a very real option for the Flyers.
Versteeg makes $3,083,333 this year and has one more year left on his contract before becoming a restricted free agent at the end of the 2011-12 season. The fact that he becomes a restricted free agent could be something Philadelphia may look at if they consider bringing him in, as they would still have a good chance to sign him if he played well with the Flyers.
What would you be willing to give up to acquire Kris Versteeg?
The question is: What would the Flyers have to give up in order to acquire Versteeg?
Most likely, Philadelphia would have to part with a first-round pick, which I'm not so sure Paul Holmgren is willing to do at this point in time. The Flyers would also most likely have to shed some salary, so somebody like Daniel Carcillo or Jody Shelley may be part of the deal as well.
Either way, Philadelphia would be a better team with the addition of Versteeg. The Flyers could put him on any line they wanted, although he'd most likely play with Richards. A trade for Versteeg makes perfect sense for the Flyers, but there are few who really know what the Flyers are after.
With only 18 days left until the trade deadline, it won't be long before we see what the Flyers have up their sleeve. They're definitely up to something, that I can say with certainty.
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