Darren Dreger of TSN reported Tuesday that the Calgary Flames will sign right winger Kris Versteeg. The deal is expected to be for one year for $950,000.
Versteeg has bounced around the league a bit since being taken in the fifth round of the 2004 draft by the Boston Bruins. He played a season-and-a-half with Boston’s AHL affiliate before being traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in February of 2007.
He collected 101 points during his two-plus seasons with the Blackhawks and helped the team to a Stanley Cup title in the 2010 season. He amassed 14 points in Chicago’s 22 playoff games that year, but he was subsequently traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs as the Blackhawks were forced to shed salary that offseason.
Versteeg tallied 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) in 53 games for Toronto before being dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers at the trade deadline of the 2011 season. After the Flyers signed Jaromir Jagr the following offseason, Versteeg was then shipped to the Florida Panthers. He set new career highs in goals (23) and points (54) while tying his previous career mark for assists (31) in his first campaign for the Panthers. Versteeg was traded back to Chicago during the 2014 season after two-plus years in Florida, and was a part of the Blackhawks’ third Stanley Cup championship team in six years in 2015.
With Chicago again facing cap restraints, Versteeg was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes just ahead of last season. He excelled with Carolina, collecting 33 points in 63 games before being traded yet again at the deadline, this time to the Los Angeles Kings.
He opted to sign with a team in the Swiss league this past July, but failed his physical. Versteeg signed a PTO with the Edmonton Oilers on Sept. 9 before deciding to sign with Calgary.