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Busy Panthers get Versteeg in trade, sign five

Posted on: July 1, 2011 4:17 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 8:36 pm
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Dale Tallon has been one of the busiest men today, and now he's made another move. The Florida Panthers GM acquired Kris Versteeg from the Philadelphia Flyers for a pair of draft picks down the road.

There had been a lot of talk around the draft last week that the Panthers were trying to get Versteeg from the Flyers. Now, it actually goes through. You might remember that Versteeg played for Tallon while he was in Chicago, making it another former Blackhawk added to the Panthers roster, joining Brian Campbell, Tomas Kopecky and Jack Skille in the past six months.

It stood to reason the Panthers would be busy considering they had to spend more than any team just to reach the salary cap minimum. In the past few weeks they've taken on the the nickname FLOOR-ida. They also made four moves on the free-agent market, signing Scottie Upshall, Jose Theodore, Ed Jovanovski and Marcel Goc to big deals within the first two hours of free agency beginning.

They topped it all off by later signing Tomas Fleischmann to a four-year, $18 million contract. Fleischmann has been battling a blood clot issue but is believed to be over it as long as he continues to take the prescribed medicine. His highest offensive output came two seasons ago with Washington when he scored 23 goals with 28 assists.

But that didn't end the day for the Panthers. Oh no, they still had one more move left in them. In the late evening, the Panthers announced the signing of Sean Bergenheim for four years at an average of $2.75 million. Bergenheim had a breakout performance when he scored nine goals in the playoffs for Tampa Bay, substantially increasing his asking price and the Lightning were no longer willing to meet it. The Panthers hope Bergenheim found himself in the playoffs and he can continue to play up to a level close to that.

Last season Versteeg had 21 goals and 25 assists.

For Philadelphia it adds to another busy day, something that has become the norm for GM Paul Holmgren of late. Earlier in the day he surprised the NHL by signing Jaromir Jagr to a one-year contract then added Maxime Talbot from the Penguins. After those moves he was approaching the salary ceiling, but by sending Versteeg to Florida he opens up just more than $3 million on the cap, according to capgeek.com.

By Brian Stubits

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Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2011 11:58 am
 

Busy Panthers get Versteeg in trade, sign five

There is a reason 3 teams in one year let this guy go. He is expendable. He is a defensive liability. Chicago saw it, Toronto saw it, and Philadelphia saw it. He is clueless it seems on the ice. He doesnt get back on Defense and is an average offensive playmaker. Florida if you need a 3rd or 4th liner desperately he fits in. If you want someone to help you win, well he is not the man you want. I remember the 2010 Stanley CUp finals and he was charged to defend Ville Leino and Scott Hartnell. You know Hartnell then man who skates on one leg it seems. Well he made that line look like gods. THis past postseason on the FLyers he was absolutely dreadful. He couldnt cover anyone. He cant he skates around with his mouthpiece hanging out trying to cherry pick the blue line. Thats about all you get from him. I am so glad the Flyers got rid of this guy, never liked his clueless approach to playing style.



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2011 3:20 pm
 

Busy Panthers get Versteeg in trade, sign five

Versteeg did NOTHING for us and at times seemed like he didnt even want to be here!



Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: July 1, 2011 11:45 pm
 

Busy Panthers get Versteeg in trade, sign five

Sorry but Versteeg sucked.



Since: Mar 7, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 9:47 pm
 

Busy Panthers get Versteeg in trade, sign five

Busy Panthers get Versteeg in trade, sign five You know Versteeg wasn't that bad for the Flyers and is a young player with a lot of potential. For some reason, the Flyers never really liked him much after trading for him. I think the Pathers got a great deal here. Hands down will have a better year the Jagr. -----that may be true on personal stats, but I'd rather have my team compete for the Cup. Jagr gives the flyers a power play threat whereas versteeg just skated around the rink without a purpose or playing style.



Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: July 1, 2011 8:31 pm
 

Busy Panthers get Versteeg in trade, sign five

Apologies, it's been a VERY busy day for me. Thank you for pointing it out. Will fix it.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 6:39 pm
 

Busy Panthers get Versteeg in trade, sign five

Clarification for those not aware: Flyers got him in a mid-season trade. 
He (or, rather, his game) never really seemed to fit in here.  Maybe he'll do better for you after a full training camp.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 6:32 pm
 

Busy Panthers get Versteeg in trade, sign five

Last season for Philadelphia, Versteeg had 21 goals and 25 assists.

That can't be right, Stubits.  I don't think Versteeg had 21 points for the Flyers, let alone 21 goals.  You must be including what he got with his prior team--and I'm surprised if those totals are accurate even taking that into consideration.



Since: Feb 28, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 6:32 pm
 

Busy Panthers get Versteeg in trade, sign five

You know Versteeg wasn't that bad for the Flyers and is a young player with a lot of potential.
For some reason, the Flyers never really liked him much after trading for him. I think the Pathers got a great deal here.
Hands down will have a better year the Jagr.



Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2011 6:11 pm
 

Busy Panthers get Versteeg in trade, sign five

HELL F***ING YES!!!! way to go Panthers!!!


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