Chicago Blackhawks Trying to Keep a Dynasty, Can’t Hold On To Kris Versteeg

July 1st, 2010 by Tyler Juranovich Leave a reply »
Every Blackhawk fan was hoping this time would never come, but it had to eventually. After winning the Stanley Cup, due to very small cap room, the Hawks GMs would have to make some tough trades. Gone is Dustin "Big Buff" Byfuglien and now, as of Wednesday, Kris Versteeg. 

Buff was dealt to the Atlanta Thrashers along with forward Ben Eager. Buff's trade wasn't totally shocking. After a stellar postseason, Buff's trade stock was at an all-time high, and trading him opened up some cap room. Buff is gone and will definitely be missed, but it was almost a sure thing that he would be going.

Versteeg, on the other hand, was a toss-up. He has now gone to Toronto along with prospect Bill Sweatt for fortwards Viktor Stalberg, Phillipe Paradis, and Christopher DiDiomencio. 

Stan Bowman, Blackhawks' GM, said he wanted to restock the team with young talent. He gave special mention to Stalberg, stating the young man was NHL-ready and that he would fit in nicely with the stars. 

It's tough to see skaters go, both had great playoffs, and it's even worse when it comes as a surprise. Winning a Stanley Cup and then watching the team be ...

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