Philly just got Verbeautiful

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Kris Versteeg will try to win back-to-back Cups, now with the Philadelphia Flyers. (Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Kris Versteeg will try to win back-to-back Cups, now with the Philadelphia Flyers. (Rich Lam/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Flyers, rumored to be in talks for Kris Versteeg, made it official Monday night when they traded a first and third round pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 24-year-old forward.

The Flyers are making the minor tweaks before the trade deadline Feb. 28 to make the team that much better for another Cup run. Versteeg – or Verbeauty or Steeger, as some teammates call him – adds more depth to an already bountiful offensive juggernaut.

On a struggling Maple Leafs team, he chipped in 14 goals and 35 points in 53 games.

Versteeg spoke with before leaving:

“Right away I was extremely excited to join this team. They’ve had a lot of success this season. They had a great playoff push last year and I’m excited to try and have a good one this year. I like to make plays and score goals at the same time, maybe go out there and be an agitator at times too. I’m going to try and do it all and have fun doing it.”

He brings energy and enthusiasm to the locker room – and even some singing:

Versteeg arrived in Toronto over the summer after spending time with the Chicago Blackhawks, where he totaled 44 goals and 101 points in 170 games. He was a key part in the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup win after tallying 14 points, five of which came in the final round versus the Flyers.

He was taken in the fifth round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins.

The Flyers are turning the season into a “Cup or Bust,” and this move is no different. As it stands, the Flyers have two years left after this season to try and win a Cup before losing integral parts, starting with Kimmo Timonen, who has said he will retire once his contract ends in 2013-14.

Head coach Peter Laviolette confirmed that belief after practice Feb. 12 with his comment:

“This year is a little bit different because there is a public perception now – especially in Philadelphia – that it is all or nothing. But as far as our players go and myself and the organization, yeah, I would say it is all or nothing. Anything short of [a Stanley Cup] would be a disappointment.”


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