Veteran forward Kris Versteeg split his 2015-16 season between the east and west coasts, playing for both the Los Angeles Kings and the Carolina Hurricanes after getting dealt out of the Chicago Blackhawks system.
Despite putting up 15 goals and 38 points across the two NHL clubs, though, Versteeg didn’t bother sticking around in North America once he hit free agency. Instead, the forward signed with SC Bern of the Swiss-A league overseas, joining fellow North American Mark Arcobello for the 2016-17 season.
Now, though, he’s headed back across the pond – though no one really has a clear picture yet as to why.
Initially, reports from Versteeg’s agent suggested that the forward was having trouble getting insurance to play for the European team, and therefore was leaving Switzerland to try his luck back in North America once again.
On Tuesday, though, a report from Switzerland suggested that the issue wasn’t with just a clerical error in getting insurance. Instead, it was due to the veteran failing to pass the team’s medical exam – and according to the report, a visit to a specialist resulted in the two parties mutually agreeing to terminate his contract.
The forced termination, according to the article, is bad for both parties; it leaves Bern without a highly-anticipated offensive contributor, and it leaves the 30-year-old right winger floundering after purportedly crafting a plan to play a season in Switzerland before pushing to join the Las Vegas expansion team next year.