Kris Versteeg: Leafs Trade Left Winger To the Flyers

John VukovicContributor IIFebruary 14, 2011

Kris Versteeg
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded 24-year-old winger Kris Versteeg to the Philadelphia Flyers for a first round and third round draft choices in the upcoming NHL draft.

Versteeg tenure with the Leafs was short as he was acquired from the Blackhawks n the summer after they won the Stanley Cup and had to dump salary to keep within the cap.The Leafs traded Viktor Stalberg,and prospects Chris DiDomenico and Philip Paradis for Versteeeg and prospect Bill Sweat.

In 53 games with the Leafs Versteeg scored 14 goals and 21 assists for 35 points and was a minus 13 with 16 penalty minutes.

Versteeg is looking forward to playing with a contender again and a possible second consecutive Stanley Cup win Right away I was extremely excited to join this team," Versteeg said in a statement released by the Flyers. "They've had a lot of success this season. They had a great playoff push last year and I'm excited to try and have a good one this year. I like to make plays and score goals at the same time, maybe go out there and be an agitator at times too. I'm going to try and do it all and have fun doing it."

Paul Holmgren is very happy to have a player like Versteeg who brings with him recent Stanley Cup winning experience and is very familiar with him having played against him in the six game Stanley Cup final last year, "Kris is an exciting young forward," Holmgren said in a statement released by the team. "He's 24 years old and he'll fit in with our group of players here. He's a quality forward that can play in a lot of different roles for our hockey team. He can move up and down our lineup. He can kill penalties. He can play on the power play. We think he's a guy that over the last few years, particularly in Chicago, has really blossomed into a good forward and we think he's going to be a really good addition to our team."

 Versteeg should give the Flyers that extra firepower that they were looking for while providing good two way capabilities and excellent penalty killing.

Looks like the Leafs have resigned themselves to not making the playoffs and trying to rebuild yet again