May 3, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT
Last Thursday, Florida Panthers forward Kris Versteeg palyed over 28 minutes in a double-OT loss to the Devils.
On Wednesday, he was under the knife.
That’s the word from the Panthers today as the club said Versteeg successfully underwent surgery to repair a cyst problem that impaired mobility in his left hip. The procedure took place in Nashville.
Getting Versteeg back to full health was a key offseason task for the Panthers. An impending RFA, Versteeg established career-highs in goals (23) and points (54) this year while finishing third on the team in scoring.
Florida GM Dale Tallon told reporters yesterday that keeping Versteeg is high on his priority chart for the summer. The 25-year-old earned $3.08 million annually on his last deal and could be looking for a raise, especially in light of the recent contracts signed by Tuomo Ruutu (four years, $19 million) and Mikhail Grabovski (five years, $27.5 million).
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- Babcock expects Kadri to be ‘an elite player’ 13
- No expansion bid expected from Kansas City 29
- Leafs sign Matthias — one year, $2.3 million 17
- Report: Kopitar, Kings in ‘early stages of negotiations’ for extension 8
- Arbitration filed: Holtby, Nyquist & Stepan highlight list released by NHLPA 13
- Report: Plotnikov paid $500K to get out of KHL contract 14
- Philadelphia signs ’15 first rounder Provorov 12
- Brandon Saad brings championship experience to Blue Jackets 22
- Sharks sign Joel Ward to three-year deal 25
- Blockbuster: Kessel traded to the Penguins (131)
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- Trade: Jackets land Saad; Anisimov and Dano headed to Chicago (93)
- Bypassing a buyout? Kings terminate Richards’ contract for ‘material breach’ (90)
- Sabres lock up O’Reilly through 2022-23 (74)