(CHICAGO) — Kris Versteeg is heading back to Chicago as the Blackhawks have acquired he and forward Philipe Lefebvre from the Florida Panthers for forward Jimmy Hayes and defenseman Dylan Olsen.
Versteeg spent his first three seasons with the Blackhawks after they drafted him in the 5th round back in 2004. He was a key member of their Stanley Cup team during the 2009-2010 season.
The Panthers have agreed to pay half of Versteeg’s remaining salary, and is signed through 2015-2016. He will earn $4.7 million this season.
“I just think the experience and the versatility he brings to the table on top of the fact that he’s a player our coaches know well and players are familiar with. He brings a lot of energy, a lot of competitiveness, and he has great skill level to compliment our players, so we think its’ a great fit and we’re really excited.”
Lefebvre will directly report to the Toronto Walleye of the AHL.
In 18 games this season, Versteeg has two goals and five assists.
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Jill Martin, CNN