Leafs get better now, as Versteeg immediately plops into their top 6. Sweatt was a 2nd round pick back in the day and has a ton of wheels...
Then again, Stalberg seems really talented.
Seems like a solid deal for both sides.
I agree with this assessment. Stalberg is a cheap replacement for Versteeg in the Chicago lineup while Toronto gets an upgrade in their top six. Sweatt, Didomenico, and Paradis all are prospects without a high upside, so they don't affect this deal too much. Good deal.
Nothing like stupid free agent signings (Huet/Campbell) forcing a team (Chicago) to trade away key young players (Byfuglien and Versteeg so far).
At least the Huet signing was defensible. Khabby was coming off a completely horrid year and there wasn't much hope in the pipeline...Niemi's been a bit of a late bloomer (only broke out in 2008 at the age of 24), so there wasn't any "heir apparent" in the system for Khabby. Huet was coming off a solid end to the previous season and finally looked the part of a comfortable #1. Whoops.
The Campbell signing was pure luxury. The Hawks still had Keith, Seabrook and Barker coming up...and all were billed as can't miss. I'm STILL unsure as to the logic of that signing.