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Versteeg signs One-Year Contract with Flames

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Veteran forward split time with Carolina, Los Angeles last season


CALGARY-The Calgary Flames were considered to have one of the better off-seasons in terms of signing impact players when they signed free agents Troy Brouwer and Brian Elliott. They were also able to re-sign two of their cornerstones, Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau, to long-term deals. Tuesday, the Flames added another experienced veteran to their roster.

Calgary signed free agent forward Kris Versteeg to a one-year contract today.

Versteeg split time last season with the Carolina Hurricanes and Los Angeles Kings, collecting 15 goals and 38 points in 77 games. In his nine-year NHL career, the 30-year-old has amassed 131 goals and 313 points in 550 games.

After the 2015-16 season ended, Versteeg became an unrestricted free agent. Late in July, he chose to sign a one-year deal with SC Bern in the Swiss league. However, he failed his physical in September and the contract was voided.

On September 9, he joined the Edmonton Oilers on a professional tryout contract. It looked like all signs were pointing to him signing with the Oilers, but he rejected their contract offer before signing with the Flames.

A two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010 and 2015, Versteeg should find a spot in the bottom six with Calgary, but has the capability to play in the top six if needed. As a four-time 20-goal scorer, he should bring some offensive depth to the Flames.