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Los Angeles Kings acquire Kris Versteeg from the Hurricanes

Welcome back to the West, Versteeg!

James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Looks like the Blackhawks won't be able to tempt another former player back to their nest.

Instead, Carolina Hurricanes forward Kris Versteeg is headed to Los Angeles in exchange for Russian prospect Valentin Zykov and a conditional fifth round pick.

The 29-year-old forward played 63 games this season with the Hurricanes after being traded to Carolina right before the start of the 2015-16 season, amassing 11 goals and 22 assists with the club. With the Kings, Versteeg will fill a top-six scoring role as a rental — his $4.4 million cap hit will end after his contract expires at the end of the season — as the Kings bolster their roster for a Stanley Cup run.

Versteeg spent five seasons of his 11 year hockey career with the Blackhawks, but will now take his talents to Western Conference rival Los Angeles.

Going the other way for the Hurricanes is prospect Zykov, a 20-year-old Russian prospect last playing with the Ontario Reign in the AHL. With the Reign this season, Zykov had 14 points in 43 games and was selected No. 37 overall by the Kings in the second round of the 2013 draft.

No salary is being retained by either side, and the conditions of the fifth round pick are still forthcoming.

The Versteeg move is the second of two made by the Hurricanes the day before the deadline, as captain Eric Staal was dealt to the Rangers earlier in the day.