Re: Versteeg to Leafs
posted at 7/1/2010 3:59 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Versteeg to Leafs
The Leafs are adding a better player now but Stalberg has potential, even though they are the same age Stalb is bigger and faster and his development has been slower but he looked really good against Bos lat year and his preseason looked well when with the youngsters that stayed in the minors, his is a speed game. Versteeg lovers, he was paid 3+M last year and this for same production as Wheeler who we paid 800K. Wheeler haters look at his salary because Wheel will get close to this, but i prefer Wheeler by far. I do not know why ye want Vers back, he would only become hated as all but 3-4 players are, no matter their talent. This never ceases to amaze me, Wide was extremely brutal at times, but we are not a better team without him he had a lot of upsides too, his salary was his downfall. Ryder Sturm are in same category, they are not front liners but have been used as such and are paid as high end 2nd liners but are not consistent enough for salaries, are they good players, yes they are, I like their play but they are not meant to carry the team and that is what is expected of them with their salaries. Wheeler and Luc will fall into this category if they don't step up to their new salaries, whatever Wheels will be. Our problem was Horton(or any scorer) was added after season ended as opposed to at deadline last year, his production would have helped take the load off of above mentioned players and the rest of the team as well.
Posted by No4BobbyOrr-GOAT
I think that's a fair assessment regarding Stalberg vs Veersteg.
Stalberg is one of those guys that could really turn into something or become another Blake type player, looks impressive skating in circules but not really accomplishing anything.
I liked Stalberg,but I think I'll like Veersteg more because he brings a bit more of a complete game.
The Leaf PK was horrid last year and he'll help there. Can play all three positions and the PP as well as the PK. I think he has 4 GWGs last year playing on the 3rd line.
Scoring 20 on the 3rd line means he should be a solid 20-25 goal scorer, playing on the 2nd line and the Leafs need more consistent scoring.
Stalberg could do that or even exceed that in time as he learns to use his natural ability.
This isn't an impact trade, to be sure, but I think the Leafs did okay on this deal.
Now they need a centerman with some size.