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Panthers’ Versteeg vents about being a healthy scratch

Nov 2, 2013, 8:14 PM EDT

Florida Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen might have been sending a message by making Kris Versteeg a healthy scratch on Saturday, but Versteeg’s response seems to be … don’t.

Versteeg, 27, shared his displeasure regarding that personnel move with the Miami Herald’s George Richards.

(So … so is saying this year’s Panthers aren’t very good?)

The winger did say that he hopes the team will “rally around that,” so maybe he isn’t being too selfish.

He’s coming off of a knee injury that may be slowing him a little in 2013-14; Versteeg has five points and a -7 rating in 13 games.

Dineen seemed like he was itching to scratch someone recently. Brad Boyes seemed like he was primed to be a healthy scratch on Oct.27, but a last-minute scratch opened up the opportunity for Boyes to score a goal.

Maybe this move will light a fire in Versteeg and his teammates (instead of just annoying them), then? We’ll see.

  1. theskinsman - Nov 2, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Ask for a trade!

  2. joeyg88 - Nov 3, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Stop partying at the Vegas hotel pools all summer? Might fix things

  3. rrsm53 - Nov 4, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    start playing both ways on the ice and get involved more physically maybe you wont find yourself in the press box.

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