Monday, February 14, 2011
Kris Versteeg For Picks
In the biggest news of the day for the Flyers, Philly acquires Kris Versteeg in exchange for a 1st and 3rd round pick in the 2010-2011 NHL entry draft. After a rumor had circulated that this trade would happen without any kind of evidence to back it up, Versteeg finally found his way into an orange and black uniform.
The Flyers are very aware of Versteeg's skill on the ice since he was part of the Stanley-Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks team last year. Playing in 22 games last postseason, he registered 6 goals and 8 assists for the Hawks. In the 6 games against the Flyers in the Finals, Versteeg had 2 goals and 3 assists.
In 53 games this year for the Maple Leafs he had 14 goals and 21 assists. One has to believe those numbers will only improve since Versteeg will be working with a lot more offensively talented roster in Philly.
Since the Briere/Hartnell/Leino line is pretty much set in stone and Versteeg's abilities won't be limited to 4th line time, it is very likely either Carcillo or Zherdev will see less playing time. Despite Laviolette breaking up the Carter/Giroux/Zherdev line last game, the most likely option is to sit Carcillo and work the aforementioned combination with the line of Richards/Versteeg/JVR. I'm sure Laviolette probably already has something in mind.
Get ready for some of this going on at the Well.