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Panthers Make a Trade, Grab Kris Versteeg for Draft Picks

Versteeg Dale Tallon got another one of his guys on Friday as the Panthers traded two draft picks to the Flyers for right winger Kris Versteeg.

The 25-year-old played for the Blackhawks for a few years, scoring 20 goals with 24 assists during Chicago's run to the Cup in 2009-10.

Versteeg played for Toronto and the Flyers last season, notching 21 goals with 25 assists in 80 games. He has 65 goals and 82 assists in 250 career games.

Versteeg is signed through this coming season; he is RFA after the 2011-12 season.

Versteeg will make $3.08 million this season.

OFFICIAL FLORIDA PANTHERS RELEASE

Florida Panthers Executive Vice President & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has acquired RW Kris Versteeg from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a conditional second round pick in the 2012 or 2013 NHL Entry Draft and San Jose’s third round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft (previously acquired by Florida).
 
Versteeg joins D Brian Campbell, F Tomas Kopecky, G Jose Theodore, D Ed Jovanovski, F Marcel Goc, D Nolan Yonkman and F Scottie Upshall as new Panthers signings over the last week.
 
“We are excited to welcome Kris Versteeg to the Florida Panthers organization,” said Tallon. “Kris is a skilled young winger and Stanley Cup-winner that has scored more than 20 goals in each of the last three seasons and will make an immediate impact on our team. He is versatile enough to play any forward position and brings passion and commitment to the rink every single day.”
 
Versteeg, 25, had 21 goals and 25 assists (46 points) in 80 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs (53 games) and Philadelphia Flyers (27 games) last season. For his career in the NHL, the Lethbridge, Alberta native has scored 65 goals and 147 points in 250 career games with Philadelphia (2010-11), Toronto (2010-11) and Chicago (2007-10). In 50 postseason games he has 11 goals and 32 points and won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010.

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