Brian Burke and Dave Nonis et all have made an early strike in what he called his draft , NHL free agency, by pulling off a trade with the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks:
“Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced a multi-player trade with the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday evening. The Maple Leafs have obtained right-winger Kris Versteeg and the rights to left-winger Bill Sweatt (pronounced SWEHT). In exchange, the Blackhawks will receive forwards Viktor Stalberg, Chris DiDomenico and Philippe Paradis.Versteeg, 24, appeared in 79 regular season games in 2009-10 and recorded 20 goals and 24 assists to place sixth in Blackhawks’ team scoring. He was +8 with four game-winners and four goals on the powerplay. As a member of the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup championship team this season, Versteeg tallied six goals and eight assists in 22 postseason games. He was +4 with 14 minutes in penalties and contributed two game-winning goals while averaging 17:12 of ice time. Versteeg also reached the 20-goal plateau in 2008-09 when he collected 22 goals and added 31 assists in 78 contests for Chicago. The Lethbridge, Alberta native was originally Boston’s fourth choice, 134th overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft.
Sweatt, 21, was Chicago’s second choice, 38th overall, in the 2007 Entry Draft. The native of Elburn, Illinois has completed four seasons at Colorado College of the NCAA. In 143 college games, he scored 46 goals and added 63 assists for 109 points.”
So it begins Leaf fans…one question for you (and I will post the trade reaction when there is enough of it) what are your realistic expectations for tomorrow- what do the Leafs have to do to earn an A or above grade?