Monday, February 14, 2011
Versteeg joins Beauchemin on a one way express
The Leafs GM Brian Burke has sent another short term Leaf packing as Kris Versteeg joins Francois Beauchemin on his way out of town. The Leafs GM looks to be sucking and blowing on his transactions at the same time as both players played a whopping 189 games combined in the Blue and White. The Versteeg deal turned into a 3 for 1 swap for a player that was not able to find a groove in Toronto and was unable to play Top 6 forward minutes as he was acquired to do.
The Buds sent Versteeg packing to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a 1st Round and 3rd Round pick in this seasons upcoming draft less then a week after sending Francois Beauchemin to the Anaheim Ducks for Joffrey Lopul, Jake Gardiner and a conditional fourth round pick in the 2013 draft. These moves do give the Leafs some cap space as both players salaries come under just $7 million and in return Lupul's is $4.25 million.
This move should mean that Burke will get to work on a new contract for the clubs leading scorer Clarke MacArthur as the restricted free agent and his linemates Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski have on the majority of nights been the clubs best line and at times the best line on the ice period. We know that Burke does not wait to the deadline to make his changes and we in Leafland can expect a few more before all this is said and done.