As expected, Versteeg agreed to terms on a one-year deal with SC Bern of the Swiss League on Monday. After being acquired at the trade deadline by Los Angeles, Versteeg was limited to just 14 outings due to a lingering foot injury. While his overall production on the year wasn't too bad, 15 goals and 23 helpers, the last thing teams likely remembered was the mere five points in 14 contests for the Kings. The 30-year-old will need a strong season with SC Bern in order to revitalize his career if he wants to suit up for another NHL roster.
Versteeg is expected to sign with SC Bern of the Swiss League this weekend, reports Darren Dreger of TSN. Versteeg scored 15 goals and 23 assists in 77 games last year between Carolina and Los Angeles; it was his highest point total (38) in any season since 2011-12 when he delivered 54. While he could still perform in a bottom-six role for a contender, Versteeg may feel he can play a top-six role overseas.
Versteeg lit the lamp Thursday night in a win over the Ducks. It counts as his second goal in as many games. Versteeg redirected a shot from teammate Brayden McNabb that hit the top of the post, but the winger stayed with the play and made good on the rebound attempt. Traded from the Hurricanes in late February, Versteeg has collected four goals and five assists in 13 games with the Kings. Given that he's only garnered 10:56 of average ice time in the new sweater, efficiency will be the key for Versteeg to consistently show up on the scoresheet. It appears that he's doing all he can in that department, as evidenced by a shooting percentage of 21.1 with the Silver and Black.
Versteeg finished Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Flames with a goal on two shots and a plus-1 rating. It's been two games since Versteeg returned from a six-game absence to nurse a foot injury, and he has now gotten himself back onto the scoresheet. Overall, it had been four games since he tallied any points whatsoever. He's now got 37 points on the season, which is his highest total since the 2011-12 campaign.
Versteeg (foot) will return to the lineup Saturday afternoon against the Stars, Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times reports. Despite missing the past six games, Versteeg must be close to 100-percent healthy since the Kings have already clinched a playoff berth and wouldn't have a reason to rush him back. A streaky offensive producer, Versteeg has compiled 13 goals and 23 assists in 72 games between the Hurricanes and Kings.
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