…Toronto was next. He was 23.
“They said how I was a screw that didn’t fit their screwdriver,” he said. “I was put on the third-line with AHL players. Wasn’t used on power plays. There’s no reason to get into all of it. But they had lost a lot of draft picks, and they could trade me for some draft picks. So I was gone.”
To Philadelphia this time. To the third line again. This was the middle of last season. He still finished off his third straight year of scoring 20-plus goals.
“I got along great with the coach, and the organizaiton, and they asked me what I thought I was capable of doing,” Versteeg said. “They told me I’d be in their plans. This was at the year-end meeting. Two months later, I was traded.”
Maple Leafs Hot Stove
No matter how true the bolded part of the statement might be, you'd have to be an absolute piece of shit to come out and say something like that publicly.