The Chicago Blackhawks are putting the band back together.
The team announced on Thursday night, less than an hour after its 5-4 shootout win over the Phoenix Coyotes, that it has acquired forward Kris Versteeg from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen.
Versteeg spent the first three seasons of his career as a member of the Blackhawks and was a member of their 2009-10 Stanley Cup winning team, scoring 20 goals to go with 24 assists in 79 regular season games. He also chipped in 14 points in the postseason.
Due to the Blackhawks' salary cup purge the following offseason, he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he played 53 games before being sent to Philadelphia later that season. He's been a member of the Florida Panthers since the 2011-12 season.
In 18 games this season he has scored two goals and been credited with five assists. He was limited to just 10 games last season and has seen his role decrease lately to playing less than 15 minutes in each of the past three games. He hasn't scored a goal in 10 games.
Panthers general manager Dale Tallon is no doubt familiar with Hayes and Olsen seeing as how the Blackhawks acquired them while he was in the front office. Olsen was drafted by Chicago in the first round of the 2009 draft.
Versteeg still has two more years remaining on his contract at a salary cap hit of $4.4 million per season. The Panthers will reportedly pick up half of the remaining salary.
Blackhawks get Versteeg for just $2.2-million a year as Panthers eat half the salary. For another 2.75 seasons, no less.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) November 15, 2013