Leafs trade forward Kris Versteeg to the Flyers

The Toronto Maple Leafs took a giant step forward in their rebuilding program as they acquired the Philadelphia Flyers’ first and third round draft pick in the upcoming draft; in exchange for scoring forward, Kris Versteeg. With an eye towards lifting the Stanley Cup in triumph this coming June, the Flyers, who are currently second overall with 77 points, became even more dangerous offensively with Versteeg, who has scored 14 goals and 35 points in 53 games this season with the Leafs. Versteeg, who is only 24, is someone who is bound to get much better over time. “Right away I was extremely excited to join this team,” Versteeg said. “They’ve had a lot of success this season. They had a great play-off push last year and I’m excited to try to help them have a good one this year.” Versteeg knows a little about the Flyers from the play-offs last spring, when he helped his Chicago Blackhawks eliminate the Flyers in the Stanley Cup finals. “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,” Flyers’ GM, Paul Holmgren, said. Meanwhile, the Leafs, who enter Tuesday night 10 points out of a play-off spot, have acquired that much desired first round draft choice. Previously they lost this year’s first round pick to the Boston Bruins in a deal for Phil Kessel.

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