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Trade: Blackhawks re-acquire Versteeg from Panthers

Nov 14, 2013, 11:43 PM EDT

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The Chicago Blackhawks are bringing back a familiar face after doing business with a familiar partner.

The Blackhawks acquired forward Kris Versteeg and prospect forward Philippe Lefebvre from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Jimmy Hayes and defenseman Dylan Olsen. Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports the Panthers will keep half of Versteeg’s salary as part of the deal.

Versteeg was a member of the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup-winning team in 2010, but was traded after the season to Toronto in a package deal to get Viktor Stalberg. Since then, he’s gone from the Maple Leafs to the Philadelphia Flyers to the Panthers where he’s played the past two seasons.

In his time with Florida, Versteeg has scored 25 goals (99 games). He scored 20 in his final season with the ‘Hawks.

The connection on this deal is a familiar one as ‘Hawks GM Stan Bowman and Panthers GM Dale Tallon know each other all too well. Tallon, of course, is the former Blackhawks GM who was fired in favor of Bowman.

The two players the Panthers acquired have played in the AHL for most of the season. Hayes appeared in two games with Chicago this season before spending the rest of his time in Rockford. Lefebvre, meanwhile, is currently in the ECHL.

Think the Blackhawks were prepared for this deal? They’ve already tweeted out his new-old uniform.

  1. Windmiller4 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Wow. Versteeg for a AHL player and an echl player? And Florida is retaining half of his salary too, seems like Chicago just robbed the panthers

    • esracerx46 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      You misread. Versteeg and an ECHL player for 2 AHL players.

      • Windmiller4 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:28 AM

        Ahh you’re right. My mistake. Even though, it still feels as though Florida couldve gotten more for him. They just traded away one of their more valuable assets for 2 ahl players.

      • esracerx46 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:34 AM

        Two of the better AHL players on a stacked team. These guys are young and can play. Just didn’t have a roster spot here. And both contracts are up. I don’t think Florida wanted to wait and see if Versteeg would increase his value and chance it. Here’s two players that have NHL experience that are looking for a shot.

      • no - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        Honestly they’ve both played like midgets in adult bodies. If Jimmy would’ve strapped up and used that massive frame of his, he’d still be here.

        Tallon once again willing to eat whatever the Hawks tell him to.

  2. hawksin5 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    UNREAL. Chicago definitely ROBBED Florida. Not sure what Tallon saw in Olsen, or Hayes, but they never seemed like they were going to be able to make an impact on the NHL level. Great trade. Welcome back Steeger!!

    • esracerx46 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:30 AM

      Remember Olsen was one of Tallon’s last draft picks. In his tenure with Florida he had acquired Versteeg, Campbell, and Kopecky….now shipped Versteeg back. Think he’ll retain 90% of Soupy’s contract and take Rozsival and Brookbank? Hell throw in both Brookbank’s.

      • hawksin5 - Nov 15, 2013 at 3:27 AM

        Great point. Totally forgot that Olson was a Tallon pick. If Tallon were to retain 90% of Soupy’s contract I would absolutely deal Rosy and both Brookbanks. In a heart beat. Now, I would be a little sad to see Rosy go, he’s done well here. But kostka seems to fit in ok and we could pull up Clendening who will be in the show not so far down the road anyway. Keep an eye on Tallon and Bowman though. Tallon LOVES terravainen and has been trying to work a deal for him since last year. Even if not for TT, I could see more deals between CHI-FLA this season.

      • esracerx46 - Nov 15, 2013 at 8:02 AM

        Obviously Dale won’t do that deal. He wants younger guys/prospects that are close. Have you heard something I haven’t regarding Teuvo? Haven’t heard anything regarding a possible trade. Teuvo started out a little slow but I believe he’s scored a point in the last 5 or 6. Third leading scorer on the team with 5 games fewer than everybody else 12 points in 16 games isn’t bad for a guy that just turned 19. I would imagine a lot of GMs salivate over a kid like that.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 15, 2013 at 8:19 AM

        esracer, the in-house Panthers expert.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 15, 2013 at 8:19 AM

        not being sarcastic.

      • esracerx46 - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:40 AM

        Umm, thanks? I’m a Hawks fan, but with Florida turning into Blackhawks south you might have a point

      • ibieiniid - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        lol the actual PHT Panthers fan was mad I didn’t call him the expert. ::thumb down::

    • hawksin5 - Nov 16, 2013 at 2:33 AM

      @Esracer Yes. Can’t say how or I will get in trouble. But Tallon has had his eye on TT for a while. At last years deadline he was debating offering up his first round to CHI in exchange for TT. Imagine if hawks had done that and Bowman picked up Drouin. GAME OVER.

  3. hazlydose - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    The rich get richer. Depth wins cups and the Hawks are proof of that. Great move by Chicago.

  4. esracerx46 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Hayes is a big body guy with nice hands, but he can’t skate and is not that willing to use his size. Olsen is a big guy that will hit, he has definitely stepped up his offensive game this year. His first couple years he didnt have one ate all. He was a scratch for Rockford a lot last year. Was impressed this year, but with guys like Stephen Johns, Dillon Fournier and Travis Brown needing to be signed I understand. Where does Versteeg fit? Pirri has been pretty good on the second line. The only place I see him is 3rd line RW occupied by Morin….who had a good game tonight. The rich keep getting richer:)

    • esracerx46 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:37 AM

      Hawks just assigned Morin to Rockford. 3rd line RW it is for Versteeg.

      • no - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        Kind of a shame, he played alright in the few games he’s been up this season and really took being a healthy scratch to heart, prompting his performance last night. At least Pirri seems to be a staple now.

  5. 19to77 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Not that this is a bad deal for the Hawks – seriously, they got the better deal by far – but where does Versteeg fit on their roster? Don’t they normally have Kane and Hossa on RW? Versteeg’s not going to fit on a shutdown or a grind line very well, so… where does he plug in?

    • blackhawksdynasty - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:45 AM

      Gritty, hard working FW who can play either wing (& sometimes center). Good role player…..I think it’s a great pick up by Bowman

    • esracerx46 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:47 AM

      He played a 3rd line role when they won the cup….the first time.

      • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Nov 15, 2013 at 3:35 AM

        Yeah he was a great depth guy on that 3rd line in 2010. Just made that 3rd line that much better. That’s a awesome deal for the hawks. He must love being back there. It’s gotta hurt to know he missed out on the last cup but has a good shot at another one this year. Florida coulda got a lot better if they waited. Especially at the deadline.

      • tarotsujimoto74 - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        haha along with 30 goal scorer Andrew Ladd, that team was insanely deep.

      • tarotsujimoto74 - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        I take that back, he’s maxed out at 29, but still.

  6. muckleflugga - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    could never figure out why hawks let this guy drift in the first place

    man that haircut, type a thing that would have got you punched-out back in the day

    did he feel anything hit him in the ass when he left the stylist’s, like his change…?

    • ibieiniid - Nov 15, 2013 at 8:22 AM

      hate to break it to you, but there was a time he coulda been punched for the long hair too.

    • gret9 - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      Cap issues forced his departure.

  7. jacketsfan7 - Nov 15, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    Talk about highway robbery

  8. comeonnowguys - Nov 15, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    First they beat that flopping diva schmuck netminder in Phoenix, and then they get depth for next to nothing.

    A good night.

  9. bruinsfan55 - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Lol robbed

  10. endusersolutions2013 - Nov 15, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    While it may be a good move, nothing has been done to address the biggest need in my opinion – backup goalie. Hawks now have 3 games in 4 nights. 2nd game of the back to back is against th Sharks. I can’t see how Corey C could be sharp for that one, and I can’t see starting the Bullin Sieve.

    Wonder if we’ll see Antti Raanta on Sunday.

    • dadawg77 - Nov 15, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      If backup goalie is the Hawks number one issue, than there is nothing to worry about.
      It seems the biggest issue for Hawks management is forward defense especially late in games. Which is why this trade was completed.

      Only way Raanta plays for the Hawks is an injury. If the Hawks go 500 in Bullin’s 20 or so starts, than is good enough.

  11. slysipops - Nov 15, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    good to see KRIS back in the black and red! watch for him to take over a lot of FROLIC’S duties . hated to see HAYES and OLSEN go, but they will have better chances to move up with the PANTHERS! don’t squack about DALE too much…..with the exception of the HUAI deal, he put the HAWKS on the map!

  12. slysipops - Nov 15, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    as for hockey trades:…………………

    • slysipops - Nov 15, 2013 at 9:13 PM


  13. slysipops - Nov 15, 2013 at 8:57 PM


    • slysipops - Nov 15, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      WRONG AGAIN !!!!! ?????

  14. slysipops - Nov 15, 2013 at 9:24 PM


    • slysipops - Nov 15, 2013 at 9:26 PM

      FINALLY !!!!!!

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