Does Chicago Blackhawks Acquisition of Kris Versteeg Mean More Changes Coming in West?

By Tony Tranghese
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The Chicago Blackhawks brought back Kris Versteeg. It’s a good move. Versteeg did win a Stanley Cup in 2010 with the Blackhawks and he knows the system. I have wanted the Boston Bruins to bring him back ever since he was sent to the Philadelphia Flyers from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Versteeg is a player that relies on other good players. I hate to say it, but the Florida Panthers were just not going to supply him with the support help that he needed to warrant the contract that he signed.

Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said that the move was based off of performance and that the Panthers were there to win games. I laughed at that briefly, then I thought, the best way to blow up a roster is to move one of your best players. We have seen it time and time again. Whether or not the Panthers will ever be taken seriously again is yet to be seen, but this is a good start. If you’re trying to tell your fans that you want to build something serious, then why not move one of your best players in a four-player deal.

Versteeg had five points through 18 games. He will add depth to a very good Blackhawks team. The rest of the Western Conference just got put on notice. If the Blackhawks of all people feel the need to go out and get star-caliber players, it may put pressure on other teams to do the same. The Blackhawks are amongst the elite in the West. The Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks seem to be right there with them. Let’s see if those teams decide to go out and make a move to help them come out of the west.

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