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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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I love Chicago!

Hahaha, what took you so long, Dale?!? Another 20 goal scorer who will get a bigger role with the Panthers. We now have 5 20+ goal scorers: Weiss, Booth, Santo, Versteeg & Hartnell. I like how this team is going to look next year - very lunch pail type but can score.

Thumbs up!


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.


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Who is "D Nolan Yonkman?"

can hockey season start already!!!

What a great job tallon!We now have a lunch bucket team with 5 guys that can score with grit!

The TV hockey guys on NHL on the fly love these moves.Just heard about Tomas Fleischman.

This may be one of the best free agent days the Panthers have had.

wow viner tallon deserve all the credit this team is a contender proud panthers fan ! wow

tallon for president!

Hey george richards you going to right and article about this day? players comments coached tallon santos ? please say yes

Everything seem to fall in place except we still don't have a first line center. Sorry guys but Booth is a second or third line center only.

There was only one of them available today and he wasn't coming to Sunrise. Hopefully Bjugstad or Huberdeau can fill that role in the next couple years.

downtowner Booth is not a center. get your facts straight before you post moron

2nd rounder too expensive.

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