In a good old fashioned late-night NHL trade, the Florida Panthers sent prospect Philippe Lefevbre and winger Kris Versteeg back to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forward Jimmy Hayes and defenceman Dylan Olsen. Trade update courtesy of The Globe And Mail.
Versteeg is one of many members from the 2010 Stanley Cup winning Hawks team that was quickly disassembled within weeks of winning the championship. Salary cap stipulations required GM Stan Bowman to move several players, including Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien who have since become superstars with the Winnipeg Jets.
The Blackhawks returnee is no stranger to being traded. This is in fact the fifth time in his career he’s swapped sides in a bartered transaction.
Versteeg was successful last time he wore Blackhawks’ red and black. The American stick-handler scored back-to-back 20’s with the Hawks in 2008-09 and 2009-10. His third 20 goal campaign came with the Florida Panthers where he was reunited with fellow former Cup winning Hawks Tomas Kopecky and Brian Campbell.
The Panthers will reportedly pay half of Versteeg’s salary.
Florida deals Kris Versteeg to Chicago & pays half his salary. If Hawks repeat as champs, Panthers get the name "Panthers" engraved on Cup.
— Adam Proteau (@Proteautype) November 15, 2013
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