With free agent RW Kris Versteeg being approached by about a dozen teams, the Calgary Flames are reportedly putting the final touches on a contract for him.
Bless the guys over at TSN. The Calgary Flames are reportedly finishing up some final touches on a one-year contract for RW Kris Versteeg, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported early Thursday afternoon.
Versteeg was on a PTO with the Edmonton Oilers last year, one of the only teams offering him such. But at the last minute, he signed with the Flames for virtually the same price – $950K. He signed a one-year contract with the Flames to be a free agent at the end of this season.
Well, lots of things change because after last year with little teams interested in the veteran, this year, supposedly a dozen teams have reached out to him.
But the kid that grew up a Flames fan decided to stick with his roots.
Actually, just a couple days ago, we put out a piece on why the Flames must re-sign Versteeg, and the first reason was choosing the Oilers over the Flames. It’s a sweet feeling, isn’t it?
Last season, Versteeg spent the majority on the third line 37 points in 69 games. Not bad for a bottom-six winger who was getting paid less than $1 million. He would also play on that first line with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan when the team needed him to. He was also a factor on that first powerplay unit.
On top of that, his veteran playoff experience definitely showed when the playoffs came around. He was easily the best and most consistent player on the ice for the Calgary Flames.
We here at Flame for Thought are clearly excited about this too:
Like Roger Millions said, Versteeg has also made a note to say that he wants to stay in Calgary.
Via Calgary Flames:
"“I would love to be here,” said Versteeg who has played for Chicago, Toronto, Philadelphia, Florida, Chicago (again), Carolina and L.A. “This has been an amazing year for me. It started off a little rough with getting hurt at the start of the year and then not knowing where I was going to fit in the lineup.“Since I came back from that (groin) injury, I was finding my way into the lineup and finding my role on the team. It’s been exciting. It’s been fun trying to help the young guys. I’ve been playing with Benny a lot lately and trying to help his career blossom. It’s been fun all around.”“Me and my agent have talked a lot about different scenarios and situations,” he said. “Being in Calgary is obviously No. 1 for me. I have my family, I have my friends. I feel like I’ve made a lot of good friends on the team and in the organization. Here is where my heart is, especially right now. But things change and you never know.“The business is pretty crazy.”"
Now with the Flames believing they’re true contenders this upcoming season, maybe Versteeg can help them win it all for his childhood hockey team.