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Panthers send Kris Versteeg to Chicago

Per the Chicago Sun-Times' Mark Lazerus, the Florida Panthers made a move that makes no sense cap-wise given that Capgeek estimates that the Chicago Blackhawks are now $282,628 over the cap...Wait, wait, here we go...

Versteeg's signed through 2015-2016 at a cap hit of $4.4 million per season, but Capgeek pegs his real-world salary for the this and the next two seasons at a total of $14 million real-world dollars, so the Panthers are paying $7 million to make Versteeg go away.

The Panthers and Blackhawks confirm:

Update: Here's how the Hawks will accommodate the $:

Update #2: Also:

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topshelf14's avatar

Ugh. Rich get richer.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 11/15/13 at 12:55 AM ET


Versteeg has not played well this year. I would have been surprised if Panthers didn’t trade him. Maybe he needs a change and will do well in Chicago or maybe he hasn’t recovered from his injuries.

Posted by Puckbubba on 11/15/13 at 01:06 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Versteeg is a career 11% shooter who’s at 4.3% through 18 games this year.

This is Tallon selling low and buying back two of his own draft picks from the team that used to employ him.

It won’t take long for this to look like a slightly-less star-powered but every bit as lopsided version of the trade that brought James Neal to Pittsburgh. Dale Tallon is a ridiculously bad GM.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 11/15/13 at 09:02 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

So Florida gave Kris Versteeg, a minor leaguer and $7M to Chicago in exchange for a minor leaguer and a fringe NHLer. Looks like the Scotty/Stan Bowman combo just blew past Ken Holland as the best GM(s) in hockey.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 11/15/13 at 11:50 AM ET

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