In February 2011, the Flyers obtained forward Kris Versteeg in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He spent the remaining 27 games (seven goals, 11 points) with Philadelphia and dressed in all 11 playoff games (one goal, six points) as the Flyers reached the Eastern Conference semifinals.
On June 1, 2011, Versteeg was on the move again. The Flyers traded him to the Florida Panthers in exchange for second-round and third-round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft. The second-rounder was later flipped to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the deal that sent veteran defenseman Pavel Kubina to the Flyers. The Bolts ultimately selected right winger Brian Hart with the pick.
The Flyers kept the third-rounder. The team used it to select Union College defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere with the 78th overall pick. Four years later, "Ghost" became a finalist for the Calder Trophy race for NHL Rookie of the Year.
June 1 in Flyers History:
1999: The Flyers trade forward Pat Kavanagh to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a 1999 sixth-round pick (Russian forward Konstantin Rudenko).
June 1: Flyers birthday
Hockey Hall of Fame offensive defenseman Paul Coffey was born June 1, 1961.
The late Larry "the Rock" Zeidel, a rugged defenseman and later a Flyers broadcast commentator, was born June 1, 1928.
Hard-nosed defensive defenseman Murray Baron was born June 1, 1967.
Russian defensive-minded forward Roman Lyubimov was born June 1, 1992.
Two-stint skilled forward Dan Quinn was born June 1, 1965.
Scoring goals in each of his first two NHL games, forward David Laliberte was born June 1, 1986.
Longtime NHL goaltender Jeff Hackett was born June 1, 1968.
Depth forward Eric Meloche was born June 1, 1976.