One week ago, we named Kris Versteeg among the five players still floating around in unrestricted free agency who could still make an impact in the NHL next season. But it appears Versteeg is going to try his hand overseas instead of waiting for an NHL club to come calling.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, it’s expected that Versteeg, 30, will be signing a deal this weekend to join the Swiss NLA’s SC Bern. While there are no reported terms for the deal quite yet, it’s likely Versteeg is signing a one-year deal to play in Bern with the chance to see a different type of hockey and maybe, finally, find a permanent home for an entire season. Versteeg has played for six teams in the past six seasons, making stops in Toronto, Philadelphia, Florida, Chicago, Carolina and Los Angeles.
However, even if Versteeg is choosing to make the move as a way to see some of the world and try his hand at playing in Switzerland, signing overseas is a rather shocking move considering Versteeg could have almost certainly landed himself an NHL deal for this coming season. Read more