Kris Vertseeg Signs One-Year Deal with the Calgary Flames

SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 20: Kris Versteeg #10 of the Los Angeles Kings looks on during the game against the San Jose Sharks in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center on April 20, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Rocky W. Widner/NHL/Getty Images)
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News broke early Tuesday afternoon that forward Kris Versteeg was parting ways with the Edmonton Oilers and is to be joining the Calgary Flames.  Versteeg is set to sign a one-year, $950,000 contract deal with Calgary. Versteeg, who had just finished up preseason camp and play with the Oilers on a PTO, was offered a deal with the team; but opted to accept another offer with the Flames.

Kris Vertseeg Signs One Year Deal with the Calgary Flames

Versteeg is considered past his prime, but still can serve as a veteran leader and bottom six player.  Since 2012, Versteeg has been a part of four separate teams, his longest stint being with the Chicago Blackhawks from 2013-2014 until 2014-2015.  During the 2015-2016 campaign, Versteeg was dealt to the Carolina Hurricanes. He remained in Carolina until just past the halfway mark of the season, where he was traded yet again to the Los Angeles Kings in a deal involving Valentin Zykov and a 2016 conditional fifth round draft pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.  After this past season, Versteeg became a free agent, but signed a professional tryout offer with Edmonton.  Despite a satisfying training camp with the Oilers, Versteeg decided to join the rival Flames.

The 30-year-old right-winger has had a solid career. He has logged 550 games played, scoring 131 goals, while adding 182 assists for 313 points. In his split season this past year, he played in a total of 77 games; scoring 15 goals and 23 assists for 38 points.

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