Just as the Edmonton Oilers days ago plucked a potential Flame in Kris Russell, the Flames matched the move by signing Oiler PTO Kris Versteeg to a 1yr/950k contract.
The Flames had room for this deal after sending Linden Vey to Stockton today and Calgary now sits at 263k in cap space.
Versteeg’s signing could mean a lot as he brings depth and skill to the RW position and is a rare right handed shot in the Flames forward lineup.
Versteeg also brings a pedigree that has two Stanley Cups from his time in Chicago and at his height had 23 goals and 31 assists with Florida in 2011-12. He has played for the Blackhawks, Leafs, Flyers, Panthers, Hurricanes, and most recently the Los Angeles Kings.
Versteeg is coming off a season split between Carolina and Los Angeles where he collected 38 points in 77 games.
It’s very possible we could see Versteeg vault up to the #1 RW position alongside Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan which could make for a very good offensive line. Either way, it’s a low risk-high reward signing and could pay massive dividends for the Flames.
Season starts tomorrow night in Edmonton! Who’s excited!?