Monday, February 14, 2011

Flyers get Versteeg from Toronto

by Bob Herpen
Phanatic Hockey Editor

The Philadelphia Flyers acquired forward Kris Versteeg from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday in exchange for two draft picks.

Heading to the top club in the Eastern Conference is the 24-year-old winger who tallied 14 goals and 35 points in 53 games for the struggling Maple Leafs this season. Going to Toronto are first-and-third round picks in the 2011 draft.

"Kris is an exciting young forward. He's 24 years old and he'll fit in with our group of players here," said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. "He's a quality forward that can play in a lot of different roles for your hockey team. 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."

Last year, Versteeg racked up 20 goals and 44 points in 79 regular-season games, then notched six goals and 14 points in 22 playoff contests as the Blackhawks beat the Flyers in a six-game Cup Final.

A victim of Chicago's salary-cap issues, Versteeg was dealt to the Leafs on June 30 for Viktor Stalberg and two other prospects.

In 223 games over four NHL seasons, the Lethbridge, Alberta native has recorded 58 goals and 136 points.

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