Tyler J. Altemose

TSN's Bob McKenzie has just broke the news that the Philadelphia Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed on a trade.

The Flyers will receive 24-year-old right winger Kris Versteeg in exchange for the Flyers' first and third round draft picks in the 2011 NHL Entry draft.

Versteeg, a member of the 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, was a 5th round draft pick (134th overall) for the Boston Bruins in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

In 53 games played with the Toronto Maple Leafs this season, he has 14 goals and 21 assists for a total of 35 points.

The Flyers have lost their first, second, third, and fifth round picks for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Here's the breakdown.

First Round - Traded to Toronto in exchange for Kris Versteeg on 14 February, 2011

Second Round - Traded to Phoenix with Scottie Upshall in exchange for Daniel Carcillo on 4 March, 2009

Third Round - Traded to Toronto in exchange for Kris Versteeg on 14 February, 2011

Fifth Round - Traded to Detroit with Ole-Kristian Tollefsen in exchange for Ville Leino on 6 February, 2010

The Flyers will have the following picks in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft:

Third Round - Received from Pittsburgh in exchange for the rights to Dan Hamhuis on 25 June, 2010

Fourth Round (2) - In addition to having their own fourth round draft pick, the Flyers also received a fourth round pick from Tampa Bay in exchange for Simon Gagne on 19 July, 2010. The Flyers also received Matt Walker in this trade.

The Flyers will also have their own fifth, sixth, and seventh round picks.


The good people of Capgeek have already done the work for me to see what the Flyers' cap situation looks like with Versteeg on board. I got very excited about it, to which my girlfriend responded, "I can just imagine the people that work at Capgeek. They're probably a bunch of yous, getting all excited about this trade and clicking away on their keyboards."

Anyhow, check it out here.

Also, the team confirmed my suspicion. Versteeg will wear #32 for the Flyers.


Dustin Leed of The Hockey Guys/The Fourth Period brought up an interesting point on Facebook regarding how Laperriere affects the Flyers with the Versteeg signing in relation to the maximum number of players teams can have on their rosters. I said the following:

"Laperriere has been on LTIR since Leighton came off. He is NOT on the active roster (and hasn't been for some time now), so the Flyers are at 23 active players.

...[t]he CBA wouldn't let TOR/PHI go through with this deal if it put PHI at 24 active players. There is nothing to worry about there.

As far as Lappy hypothetically coming off LTIR is concerned, the team would be over the cap by $3,175 daily. It equates to roughly a $600K annual contract. It wouldn't make much difference though--Lappy activated would force the Flyers to remove someone from their active roster. Even if it was just Bartulis, the team would still be cap-compliant." 


(More to come...)