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Flames re-sign Kris Versteeg

According to Darren Dreger, the Flames are close to re-signing Kris Versteeg to a one-year, $1.75M contract. If true, his new salary would represent a modest raise over his “prove it” contract of just $950k from last year.

Assuming this gets done [update: it is done], it represents a tremendous value for Calgary. For less than $2M, the team gets to keep one of its most effective even strength scorers from last year, with the added bonus of not having to commit long term. Versteeg’s underlying numbers took a big dip in Flames colours, but it’s safe to assume that was mostly due to the Brouwer effect. Versteeg spent a lot of time with the big right winger which likely tanked his possession rate. Away from him, Versteeg’s outshooting jumped back up above 50%.

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More good news: this contract’s low dollar amount gives the Flames the flexibility to go after another scoring winger or a quality depth defender.

Of course, nothing is certain until the deal is confirmed, but if Dreger is in the ballpark with the numbers, it’s a big a win for Brad Treliving.

  • Baalzamon

    Good ol’ Versteeg. Glad he’s back, he’s a useful player and should be a fixture on Bennett’s wing.

    Hopefully they put Tkachuk on the other side.

    • PrairieStew

      I like Versteeg with Sammy and Ferland. To mitigate the black hole that is Brouwer (you know he’s going to play), I’d put him with Backlund and Tkachuk and move possession and defensive stud Frolik up with Gaudreau and Monahan

      • Parallex

        … so you want to “mitigate” the blackhole of Brouwer by putting him on a line that plays a ton of minutes against the best the other teams have to offer?… I award you no points and may god have mercy on your soul.

        • Baalzamon

          I’ll say it again: based on last season’s numbers, the only way to mitigate Brouwer (while still having him in the lineup of course) is to play him with Gaudreau and Monahan. That line crested 55% in both GF and CF. He was a disaster on literally every other line combination he was a part of.

  • everton fc

    Versteeg can tell this team is close. He wants to win. He wants to be here. If he can reproduce or improve on last year’s production… He’ll get a 2 yr, perhaps, next season.

    Now we await the announcements we’ve moved Brouwer and waived Bouma!!!

  • Fan the Flames

    Kris is a character player . He can generate points on the 3rd line at this price it would be impossible to do better trying to go after a free agent. I love this move.

  • BlueMoonNigel

    “If true, his new salary would represent a modest raise over his “prove it” contract of just $950k from last year.”

    His salary is going to almost double from what he got paid last year. That’s a “modest raise?” In the world of pro sports it is, but not in the real world. I wonder which world Wilson was speaking from.

    As for the deal, it’s a great one–under $2M and only for a year. Looks like a true hometown discount.

  • C Watson

    It would be nice if I could get a “modest” raise of 800K. Even almost double my salary as a raise would be nice.
    Glad he’s back, now get Ferland and Bennett done. Stay away from the rest of Free agency.

  • everton fc

    Rangers are giving Brendan Smith $4.25mill for 4 years. This is what Stone’s agent will want.

    So long, Stone. Even if he takes a hometown discount, it won’t be for less than Hamonic.

    Sign Folin from the Wild. RHD, he’ll come in at about $1.5mill. Maybe. The only thing is he just had shoulder surgery. That’s always a potential issue.

    Stone may very well get > $4mill and term from some team in desperate need of defence.


  • Garry T

    Here is a suggested signing for you …. he played injured last year but says he is all ready to go. It is Juri the Hudler
    who really played well with Johnny and Monny. I would look at a one year deal for him as a show me contract. I think the boys would be absolutely elated to have him back on right wing. Problem with that line solved!

  • cornwallroyals

    This would be a very good signing if true. Most experts had him looking at a contract in the $2.5M range. At this rate, this would negate the $660g’s bonus overages from last year. Man that TRE is on top of things. Can’t wait for July 1st.

      • Sterls

        I like it. Not like we have a solid option on the right side anyway. He still had a corsi % of 55.4 last season and can still think the game at a high level even if he has lost his speed. He could pair well with Johnny or even Bennett. I’ve wanted Jagr for a while now just for his mentoring abilities. He could have a very positive influence on all our young kids, and perhaps help Bennett like he helped Giroux while he was in Philly. Not that he will come to Calgary, he seems to shy away from Canadian teams for some reason.

  • freethe flames

    Unlike many on this site I am not a big Versteeg fan however even I think this is a good deal for the Flames. This is exactly the kind of deal teams should be signing with 32+ year olds. 1 year low cost. If things don’t work out for the team but he has a good year you can trade him at the deadline. If things go well for both he and the team then you resign him again. Now that this has been done and we have have acquired a back up goalie and a RHD 5-7 that leaves @$11m to get the rest signed. If Bennett/Ferland/Lazar cost S6-7m there is not much left. Let’s see if BT has any other magic left.

    • Just.Visiting

      I wasn’t expecting a one year deal at this price. My residual concern with signing him was the logjam up front created by the fourth line and the limited apparent room for internal progression.

      At this point, we have: Gaudreau, Monahan, ?; Backlund, Frolik, ?; Bennett, Versteeg, ?; Stajan, Brouwer, ?. Ferland and Tkachuk take two of the question marks, of course, which leaves Janko, Lazar, Foo, Hamilton, Hathaway, Lomberg, Bouma, Klimchuk, Hunter, Mange, etc. fighting for two spots, assuming that we don’t bite on a RFA or Chiasson.

      If it’s up to me, I try Tkachuk with Monathan, Ferland with Bennett, Janko with Backlund and look at Lazar at centre on the 4th with Stajan shifting to the wing. I then hide Brad’s phone on July 1st.