Kris Versteeg: Philadelphia Flyers Acquire Left Winger from Toronto Maple Leafs

Dominic PerilliContributor IIIFebruary 14, 2011

TORONTO, CAN - FEBRUARY 7:  Kris Versteeg #32 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates in a game against the Atlanta Thrashers on February 7, 2011 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. The Leafs defeated the Thrashers 5-4. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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 It looks as though one of the Flyers trade rumors have officially come true.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have sent 24-year-old left winger Kris Versteeg to the Flyers for first- and third-round draft picks in the 2011 NHL Draft. Included in the Versteeg deal is a $3 million cap hit. 

This move most likely means two things: Nik Zherdev will be sitting for a while and the Flyers are absolutely going for it all this year.

Flyers fans may be familiar with Versteeg as he was on the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks last season. 

This season, Versteeg has 14 goals, 21 assists and a plus/minus of minus-13; the low plus/minus rating is due to the fact that the Maple Leafs are really bad.

ESPN’s Pierre Lebrun said that Versteeg is “really excited” to be joining the Flyers.

Hell, if I were going from the Maple Leafs to a Stanley Cup favorite I’d be happy too.