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VERSTEEG TRADED: Winger Back to Champion Blackhawks

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MINNEAPOLIS - Dale Tallon said after firing coach Kevin Dineen that more changes were coming.

A big move came late Thursday night.

Tallon sent Kris Versteeg - who scored 23 goals for Florida two seasons ago - back to Chicago in exchange for winger Jimmy Hayes and defenseman Dylan Olsen.

Versteeg won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010.

Stan Bowman, who replaced Tallon as GM of the Blackhawks, said Florida will pay half of Versteeg's salary which runs through 2016. Versteeg has an annual caphit of $4.4 million which will now be split between Chicago and the Panthers.

The Panthers signed Versteeg to a four-year deal before the 2012 lockout. Versteeg was limited to 10 games last year because of two injuries -- most notably a major knee injury suffered against the Lightning.

“We are pleased to welcome both Jimmy and Dylan to the Panthers,” Tallon said in a statement. “Jimmy is a young, strong, hardworking, versatile forward who brings both size and skill to our team.

"Dylan, a former first round draft pick, is a young, solid defenseman who adds further depth to our blue line. We thank Kris for his contributions to the Panthers, including helping us win the 2011-2012 Southeast Division Championship, and wish him the best of luck in his return to Chicago.”

Hayes, 23, has played in 43 career NHL games with Chicago, scoring six goals with seven assists. Olsen, 22 has played in 28 career games with Chicago. He has one assist.

Versteeg was a healthy scratch by Dineen earlier this season and Versteeg wasn't happy -- saying he should have had more opportunity to play on the power play and penalty kill.

Tallon plans to speak on a conference call Friday at 11 a.m. EST.




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Wow, Panthers are picking up 2.2 mil, never thought i'd see the day...

So that Hawks will carry the full 4.4 against their cap, but the Panthers will pay 2.2 of that in real money correct? Not that it matters for us against the cap, but it'll probably matter for the Hawks (carrying the full 4.4 that is...). Can anybody confirm that my understanding is correct?

another Tallon trade with Chicago where we get players that have size but they are considered soft players.

Versteeg is a 2nd or 3rd line player on a good team and as has been the case for years they are 1st line players here.

This organization is similar to Buffalo, is it time to say good bye to Tallon? These players that we are told will be the future of this team should be more developed by now.

The owner needs to bring in a hockey person to oversee the hockey operations and will they hire a new director of player development?

Time for another year of lottery picks

Versteeg was clearly underachieving here. Tallon had to make a choice. I really like Versteeg and wish him the best in Chicago. From what I've heard from other Blackhawk fans is Olsen and Hayes have alot of potential, they just got buried on a roster that has Kane, Toews, Sharp, etc. Their still learning how to use their big frames (their big dudes btw) and them being on a decimated Panthers roster will help their progression (alot of icetime to give.)

Steeger probably asked Dale if he could go back to Chicago.

Wish versteeg success in Chi, but Im happy to see him go. I think he was a bad influence on the younger players (horrendous turnovers shift after shift). We'll see how the two new guys are.

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