The Florida Panthers traded Kris Versteeg and Philippe Lefebvre to Chicago for Jimmy Hayes and defenceman Dylan Olsen on Thursday night.
Versteeg played for Chicago for three seasons from 2007-10. He scored 44 goals and 101 points in 170 games with the Blackhawks. Versteeg missed much of the lockout shortened season, he was held to four points (2G / 2A) in 10 games. This season he has two goals and seven points in 18 games. Versteeg has been a 20-goal scorer three times, so he adds extra firepower to an already strong Blackhawks lineup.
Versteeg was a healthy scratch on Saturday, but he draw back into the lineup tonight. He will play on a line with Marcel Goc and Tomas Kopecky. Versteeg has two goals, three assists and a minus-7 rating in 13 games.
Panthers Kris Vereteeg (knee) says he has been cleared to play and will play on Thursday. Tomorrow's preseason game with be his first game since March 11th.
Versteeg has had a hard time staying healthy lately. He has missed a total of 49 games in the last two seasons. That being said, when he is in the lineup he is productive. He is a high-risk, high-reward fantasy selection and is probably best served to start the season on the waiver-wire.
#FlaPanthers Kris Versteeg out skating with the main group for first time since being hurt Feb. 12...on scratch line with Kovalev/Upshall
It is has been a tough season so far for Versteeg. He hasn't played since February 12th and only has 1G, 2A and a -7 in seven games this season. He won't be back tonight but he skated today and should be back in the lineup soon.
Kris Versteeg not skating OUT for #FlaPanthers v #Leafs
Versteeg hasn't played since February 12 and won't be in the lineup tonight when the Panthers take on the Maple Leafs. He has struggled this season with only 1 G, 2 A and a -7 in 7 games this season. He posted up 23 G and 31 A in 71 games last season so he could be a good pickup when he returns from injury if he can find his scoring touch again.
#FlaPanthers Kevin Dineen says Kris Versteeg doubtful again v #tbLightning
This is not good news for the Panthers as Versteeg is one of their best offensive options. They were shutout last night agianst Montreal and could use Versteeg as soon as he is ready to go. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Versteeg who missed the Panthers season opener with an undisclosed injury and won't play again tonight against the Sens. Tough start to the season for the winger who got off to such a hot start last season. Monitor his status to get a better idea of how injured he is, but he should be a solid fantasy contributer once he returns to the lineup.