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11-02-2012, 05:48 PM
Ricky Bobby
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Originally Posted by indigobuffalo View Post
1) Versteeg cost us a lot to acquire him, I wouldn't count the benefit unless you count the cost.

Toronto gave up Chris DiDomenico, Viktor Stalberg and Phillippe Paradis to acquire Versteeg. It's early still for DiDomenico and Paradis, but Stalberg was really good last season and would've been #1 on the Leafs in G/ToI.

In exchange for Versteeg, the Leafs got PHI 1st 2011 and PHI 3rd 2011, which we used to draft Stuart Percy and Josh Leivo. There was no flipping of the picks for a 2nd either.
Versteeg didn't cost us a lot to acquire and that was a very good trade for the Leafs.

Stalbergs success has more to do with playing with elite talent in Chicago than anything. In Toronto he'd just be another soft forward. Stalberg had a career high of 43 points last season at age 26.

Versteeg meanwhile is a few months younger and has scored 53, 44, 46 and 54 points in each of his last 4 seasons and he was also a very good penalty killer in Chicago. Versteeg just never meshed with the team but I'd still take the 1st and 3rd over what we gave to Chicago every day of the week.

The rest of the pieces were nothings:

DiDomenico bounced between the AHL and ECHL for a few seasons and last season played in Italy. No loss there.

Paradis could barely score in the AHL last season and is a long shot to ever make it to the NHL. Minimal chance that Paradis was any loss.

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