According to a report from Russian hockey insider Igor Eronko, veteran NHLer Kris Versteeg has signed a contract with KHL team Avangard
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Per Boogaard_2 Kris Versteeg is set to sign a deal with Avangard of the KHL
Versteeg played just 24 games for the Calgary Flames in 2017-18, scoring three goals and eight points. But, he’s just a season removed from an impressive 15 goal and 37 point campaign in 2016-17. He was recently linked to the New Jersey Devils in rumors and speculation, but evidently nothing materialized between the two time Stanley Cup champion and the resurgent Devils.
Devils reporter Chris Ryan pointed to veteran Versteeg as a possible PTO (professional tryout) option for the team ahead of training camp later this summer. Here’s Ryan’s take on Versteeg and his potential fit with the Devils from earlier this offseason:
Injuries cost Kris Versteeg most of his 2017-18 season, where he played just 24 games. But in the four previous seasons, Versteeg posted at least 35 points in all of them, including a 15-goal, 22-assist campaign in 2016-17 with the Flames. As far as adding scoring, Versteeg is one of the better options still out on the market. If he doesn’t get a guaranteed deal from a team, he’s certainly worth a look.
Again, it’s all for nothing at this point as Versteeg appears done with the NHL for good. Fans may recall however that Versteeg had an agreement with a KHL club for the 2016-17 season before signing with the Flames just prior to the start of the season.
If this is indeed it for Versteeg in the NHL he walks away from the league as a two time Stanley Cup champion and three time 20+ goal scorer. With 149 goals and 358 points in 643 career games split between the Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers, Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, Los Angeles Kings and Flames, Versteeg’s NHL career is nothing to sneeze at. He put up solid numbers almost everywhere he went. Still… we’ll always remember him most for his cringe inducing “rapping skills” from the Blackhawks' 2015 Stanley Cup rally.
All the best, Steeger!
Source: Igor Eronko
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