Kris Versteeg to Hurricanes: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction

September 11th, 2015 by Mike Chiari Leave a reply »

The Chicago Blackhawks continued their roster transformation Friday by trading forward Kris Versteeg to the Carolina Hurricanes.

According to Terrell Williams of the Canes' official website, Chicago sent Versteeg, forward Joakim Nordstrom and a 2017 third-round pick to Carolina in exchange for defensemen Dennis Robertson and Jake Massie, as well as a 2017 fifth-round pick.

The 29-year-old Versteeg has been rumored to be on the move for much of the offseason due to his $4.4 million salary in 2015-16, per Spotrac. By trading him to Carolina and cutting costs, it will be far easier for the Blackhawks to get under the salary cap in time for the upcoming campaign.

Versteeg totaled 14 goals and 34 assists this past season with Chicago, and he has 275 points in 473 career games. He enjoyed two fruitful stints with the Blackhawks, as well as runs with the Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers in between.

Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis explained the rationale behind the trade from Carolina's perspective, according to Williams:

Kris is a skilled forward who has won a pair of C ...

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