Three new faces

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The 2011 NHL Trade Deadline has come and passed in a mere few – or long if your a player or someone covering it – hours. Fans sit in front of their television or computer or they wait with bated breath on the phone waiting to see what happens to their team.

For the Philadelphia Flyers, only one trade went down Monday afternoon, but it wasn’t the only move made.

General manager Paul Holmgren started early on the trade deadline and when all was said and done, the Flyers have welcomed in three new faces to the team without having to say goodbye to any players on the big club.

Kris Versteeg

 

Kris Versteeg becomes one of four players on the Flyers with a Cup. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Kris Versteeg becomes one of four players on the Flyers with a Cup. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Kris Versteeg has been on a roller coaster in the past eight months. He has gone from winning the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks, to being a cap-casualty and being shipped out to the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs over the summer, and now is a member of the Cup-contending Flyers.

The 24-year-old Lethbridge native brings a scoring touch along with his entertaining and outgoing personality. In his 170 games with the Blackhawks, he scored 44 goals and 101 points.

He was a big part of the Blackhawks’ Cup run. He contribute 6 goals and 14 points for the team, including 2 goals and 5 points in the Finals.

On a Maple Leafs team that averaged only 2.54 goals a game – 25th in the league – Versteeg was able to chip in 14 goals and 35 points in 53 games, putting him fifth on the team in both categories.

Holmgren gave Philadelphia a Valentine’s Day gift when he traded for the right winger for a first and third round pick in 2011, bolstering an already loaded offensive unit ranking third in the league with 3.24 goals per game.

Versteeg will add more reliability on the wing over Nikolay Zherdev, who has been reprimanded countless times over the season for his lazy play.  Versteeg has spent time on the power play and penalty kill in his time with both the Blackhawks and Maple Leafs, making him a valuable component for head coach Peter Laviolette to use in different situations.

He has one year left on his contract – worth $3,083,333 – before becoming a restricted free agent in 2012-13.

A fan favorite in Chicago, he is sure to win over the crowd in Philadelphia as well and can hopefully show off his rapping “skills” on Broad Street in June.

Nick Boynton

Nick Boynton makes it two Cup-winning Blackhawks that have joined the Flyers. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Nick Boynton makes it two Cup-winning Blackhawks that have joined the Flyers. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

At 32 years old, defenseman Nick Boynton has traversed through several NHL teams. He has joined six different teams, including the Flyers, since the 1999-00 season.

In 595 games career games, he has netted 34 goals and 144 points.

He won a Stanley Cup, along with Versteeg, last season with the Blackhawks. He appeared in only three games of the playoffs, but those three were games 4, 5 and 6 of the Finals where he was a plus-2 in 25:08 total minutes of ice time.

Holmgren claimed Boynton off waivers from the Blackhawks after losing both Nos. 7 and 8 defensemen in Oskars Bartulis and Matt Walker in the same week.

Bartulis’ season ended after a borderline late hit from former Flyer Scottie Upshall Feb. 22 sent him tumbling into the boards. Walker suffered his third injury of the season – this time on his knee – with the Adirondack Phantoms.

With Chris Pronger returning from a one-game sabbatical, Boynton will be more of an insurance for the team in case another defenseman happens to fall during the stretch run or into the playoffs.

Boynton’s contract is only worth $500,000 and becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.

Tom Sestito

 

Tom Sestito doesn't shy away from a challenge on the ice. (John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Tom Sestito doesn’t shy away from a challenge on the ice. (John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Tom Sestito has only played in 13 games in the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets, but he has already made a name for himself on and off the ice with his play and chatter through social media.

The 6-foot-3, 228-pound left wing compiled 64 penalty minutes in those few games and 508 minutes in 154 AHL games with the Syracuse Crunch. In the 2009-10 season with the Crunch, he scored 10 goals and 17 points in 36 games.

Sestito became the final piece added to the Flyers this season, though he will more than likely not play a single game for the club. Holmgren snagged the young forward on trade deadline day and gave up forward Greg Moore and prospect Michael Chaput.

In 57 games this season, Moore chipped in 7 goals and 20 points for the Phantoms. Chaput spent the last two seasons with the Lewiston MAINEiacs of the QMJHL where he compiled 31 goals and 65 points in 97 games.

Like many other professional hockey players, Sestito has taken part in social media with the his personal Twitter account. He took to it shortly after the news of his trade to show his excitement:

“I can’t say enough about the way the fans of the #BlueJackets have treated me since I was 1st drafted. You all have been great. Good luck! BUT, now on to the #Flyers – rumor has it Philly likes seeing an a** kicking! Hope to see you soon and will give you what you want! … Don’t they call Philly the #CityofBrotherlyLove? So #Flyer fans am I supposed to be easy on my #Devils bros Tim? F*** NO! Let’s go Flyers!”

Sestito’s contract is worth $577,500 and he becomes a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

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