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Toronto Maple Leafs Land Kris Versteeg From Chicago Blackhawks

Mark RitterSenior Writer IJuly 1, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 09:  Kris Versteeg #32 of the Chicago Blackhawks kisses the Stanley Cup after teammate Patrick Kane scored the game-winning goal in overtime to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 and win the Stanley Cup in Game Six of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Wachovia Center on June 9, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

NHL.com has announced that the Toronto Maple Leafs' General Manager Brian Burke has acquired forward Kris Versteeg and prospect Bill Sweatt from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forwards Viktor Stalberg, Christopher DiDomenico, and Philippe Paradis.

Versteeg scored 20 goals, added 24 assists with the Hawks last season. He should fit in nicely into Toronto’s top six and will bring Stanley Cup experience, something the Leafs need.

Sweatt, 21, is known as a speedster with great hands and excellent defensive abilities. Through 39 games played with Colorado College of the NCAA, Sweatt registered 15 goals, added 18 assists for a total of 33 points. He has been a member of Colorado College since 2006-07.

For Chicago, they get a very talented threesome of prospects which includes Stalberg who registered nine goals and 14 points through 40 games with the Leafs last season. Paradis, who posted 24 goals and 44 points with the Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL and Didomenico was very impressive as a member of Team Canada’s junior squad.

While the price was steep, this is a solid deal for the Leafs. Brian Burke has done well and given the fact Burke stated he will be active July 1, he is already tweaking the Toronto lineup.

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Until next time,

Peace!

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