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Versteeg to Toronto from Blackhawks


With the intentions of allowing more flexibility with their salary cap, the Blackhawks have made yet another trade post-Stanley cup win, this time involving Kris Versteeg. The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Versteeg in a trade involving five players including Viktor Stalberg, and prospects Philippe Paradis and Christopher DiDomenico.

Versteeg, a 24 year old left-winger from Lethbridge, Alberta, will be returning home to his native land of Canada after a short-lived celebration with Lord Stanley in the city of Chicago. He had 20 goals and 24 assists in 79 regular season games. He also netted six goals and had eight assists in 22 playoff games, with two of those goals being game winners.

Stan Bowman is negotiating as much as he can with the issue at hand, stating that he is not looking to trade any players, but that these trades are a necessity and do involve the salary cap. The Hawks managed to clear up approximately $2-3 million of their salary cap with this trade to move forward with their team restructuring.

And this restructuring continues with the 24-year-old, Swedish-born Stalberg. He scored nine goals and five assists in 40 games in his first NHL season while playing with Toronto. This left-winger has great speed and great size, standing tall at 6’3″, weighing 209 pounds. Bowman has all of the confidence in the world that if Stalberg is put on a line with playmakers, that he has potential.

Paradis, 19, was traded from Carolina to Toronto last December. He netted 24 goals in 83 games while playing for Shawinigan in the QMJHL. Twenty-one year old DiDomenico, also played in the QMJHL for Drummondville, scoring seven goals in 14 playoff games.

Next on tap for the Hawks is signing restricted free agents such as Niemi and Hjalmarsson.

Although I personally was not Versteeg’s biggest fan, I will miss the Fergie sing-alongs and the rapping outbursts. Good luck in Toronto!

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  1. July 1, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    I had high hopes for Stalberg, he will make an impact with the Hawks I’m sure. Not sure about DiDomenico, but he had promise too. Would like to have gotten Sharp for what we sent to Chicago!

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