Sunday afternoon was the first chance I had to hear from Kris Versteeg in person, and you get a pretty good sense of what he's all about fairly quickly. Versteeg's very personable and is likely to be fairly popular with fans and media if he's able to have some success on the ice in Toronto.
He netted a pair of goals in Sunday's scrimmage, putting one particularly nice wrist shot over Giguere's shoulder in a display of what Ron Wilson's hoping for from him. Versteeg is the top addition the Leafs made this season and will get a ton of ice time if they use him extensively on both special teams units (as I suspect).
"He's got a nose for the net," Wilson said. "He probably will have more opportunities here in terms of ice time .. He wants to be a bigger contributor. He's in great shape. When you look at his numbers [from physicals on Friday] considering that it's been a hectic summer for him, he had to put a lot of work in to be as fit as he is and be determined to help us take the same steps as Chicago."
So far he's been playing mostly with Nazem Kadri and Colby Armstrong on what looks like a potential second scoring line. Here's what Versteeg had to say about the media attention in training camp, playing with Kadri and his short summer after winning the Cup in Chicago.
And here are a few words from new defenceman Brett Lebda, who will be in a real fight for ice time as the sixth, seventh or eighth blueliner.
Still working on the audio. For now, it'll all be relatively uncut from scrums in training camp.
Story for Monday's paper is about how Kadri fits into what the Leafs have at centre for next season with Tyler Bozak and Mikhail Grabovski and should be posted later tonight.