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Blackhawks deal Versteeg to Maple Leafs

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TORONTO (AP) -The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired right winger Kris Versteeg from the Stanley Cup champion Chicago in a five-player trade Wednesday, the Blackhawks' latest move in a series of salary-cap deals.

The deal follows moves that sent playoff star Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Sopel and Ben Eager to Atlanta and Colin Fraser to Edmonton.

The 24-year-old Versteeg had 20 goals and 24 assists in 79 regular-season games last season and added six goals and eight assists in 22 playoff games. In 2008-09, he had 22 goals and 31 assists in 78 regular-season game.

The Maple Leafs gave up forwards Viktor Stalberg, Chris DiDomenico and Philippe Paradis. Toronto also acquired the rights to 21-year-old left winger Bill Sweatt, a second-round pick in 2007 who played four seasons at Colorado College.

The 24-year-old Stahlberg, from Sweden, had nine goals and five assists in 40 games for Toronto last season, his first in the NHL.

The 19-year-old Paradis was selected by Carolina in the first round of the 2009 draft, then traded to Toronto in December. He had 24 goals in 63 games last season for Shawinigan in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The 21-year-old DiDomenico had seven goals in 12 regular-season games for Drummondville in the QMJHL. He also had seven goals in 14 playoff games.

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