Brian Burke: “NEXT STOP! Philadelphia, Pennsylvania…..Wells Fargo Center!”Kris Versteeg is the next Maple Leaf to be dropped off of Brian Burke’s Bus. The 24-year-old forward was shipped to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for the Flyers' first-round and third round draft picks in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft. The trade is the second Leaf trade in a week, with Francois Beauchemin being traded for Joffrey Lupul and Jake Gardiner last Wednesday.
Kris Versteeg jumps up, grabs his hockey bag and runs to the front of the bus.
Brian Burke: “Well son, sorry it didn’t work out in Toronto."
Kris Versteeg (with his mouthguard hanging out the side of his mouth): “Oh shucks, don’t worry Mr. Burke. I am sooo glad to be a Flyer. Thank you, Thank you!"
In 53 games this season with the Maple Leafs Versteeg scored 14 goals and had 35 points. It seemed like Versteeg just never found his place with the Leafs as his ice time has been dropping off the last few weeks.
This is Kris Versteeg’s 4th NHL organization – and he’s only 24. Versteeg made headlines earlier this month when his car was vandalized. Following the incident, Versteeg said he had no hard feelings towards the city of Toronto and enjoyed playing here.
The Flyers sit 2nd overall in the NHL right now - so that 1st rounder is going to end up being a late round pick.
What do you think of the deal?