Kris Versteeg is coming back to the Calgary Flames.
Kris Versteeg and the Calgary Flames are putting the finishing touches on a 1 year contract to keep Versteeg with the Flames. $1.75 mil.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 29, 2017
The very solid veteran forward has signed for another season with the club, at a very reasonable $1.75 million deal.
This seems like a very nice deal for both sides. Versteeg earns a nice raise on his terrific bargain of a contract of $900,000 from this past season, but gets to stay close to home with a team that is looking more and more like a contender every day. The Flames meanwhile, keep a player that was solid on the powerplay, can play both wings and slot on any of the top-3 lines, without expending much cap and no term on the player.
Versteeg had a solid 15 goals and 22 assists in 69 games. While his possession stats do not appear stellar at 47.8%, that mainly has to do with his time spent alongside Troy Brouwer, as Versteeg was over a 50% possession player when he was away from Brouwer. He also has some edge to his game for a smaller player and is excellent in shootouts. For someone who slotted on the third line last year, he has a lot of value.
He had some nice chemistry for Sam Bennett and if the Flames place somebody else effective with them, that has the makings of a strong third line.
This is an excellent contract. The Flames get a player they are familiar with, that wants to be there, has been a winner in his career, for a small amount of money and no long-term risk on a one-year deal.
Brad Treliving’s solid summer continues.