Thursday, July 1, 2010
Maple Leafs acquire Kris Versteeg from Hawks
The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired two time 20 goal scoring winger Kris Versteeg from the Stanley Cup Champs along with college prospect Bill Sweatt and have shipped off Viktor Stalberg, Chris DiDomenico and Philippe Paradis. The Leafs have added some scoring to the club in the 24 year old Versteeg who comes with a cap hit of $3,083,333 and is signed for the next two seasons. Brian Burke has added some help up front and a possible top six forward but I feel he may have given up a tad too much in this deal. Stalberg is a speedster and the most likely of the new arrivals to crack the teams opening day roster in Chicago, while DiDomenico is a talented forward who just happens to be on the small side for Burke's liking. The hoping here is that the deal helps both sides, as it seems Burke wants to make the playoffs now in hockey mad Toronto while the Hawks are more then happy to stock the cupboard with prospects as they look to get under the Cap. This deal seems to have Scotty Bowman's fingerprints all over it as it seems Brian Burke was unable to wrestle away another Hawk by the name of Patrick Sharp who would have been a much better acquisition by the Leafs general manager. The club now prepares for the opening of the UFAs today and we hope that Burke has something else up his sleeve as I am not too impressed with his first move this Canada Day.