Florida Panthers trade Kris Versteeg to Chicago Blackhawks for prospects

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Cats rid themselves of high-priced, under-producing forward

It's late, but here's what we have, per the official site...

Florida Panthers forward Kris Versteeg & rights to F prospect Philippe Lefebvre have been dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for D Dylan Olsen and F Jimmy Hayes. Word on the street says Florida will take on half of Steeger's paychecks going forward.

Not much question as to where this one found its genesis; Cats owed Hawks a little something after removing Brian Campbell from Chicago's roster with little more than the promise of a Rusty Olesz rebirth. "Bad contract" for "bad contract".

Finding a significant return on a Steeger deal surely wasn't easy; no question current Chicago GM Stan Bowman has a soft spot for Panthers boss Dale Tallon, or maybe he's just a fan of reclamation projects. Any case, Versteeg is once again a Hawk.

No argument on my end.

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