The Calgary Flames kept forward Kris Versteeg from hitting the unrestricted free agent market this weekend by signing him to a new 1-year deal, reportedly worth $1.75 million for the coming season.
Versteeg was more than capable to handle some of the leadership roles for this young Flames team, as the 31-year old helped lead by example in the 2017 season, making him into a pool worthy forward. In 69 games, he scored 15 goals and 37 points, making him 153rd among all forwards and certainly worth another look when the draft rolls around this fall.
The veteran did miss some time in the 2017 season to a couple of injuries, including a stretch on the Injured Reserve with a groin problem, but for the most part, he has been able to stay fairly healthy year after year, so he does remain a pretty good bet, when it comes to hockey pool time and you're looking for a good depth forward to compliment your side.
The Flames have been doing a good job keeping their forward group together while putting together, what looks to be a stronger back end, when you add Travis Hamonic and Mike Smith to the mix.
|Johnny Gaudreau||6.750||Mark Giordano||6.750||Mike Smith||5.667|
|Sean Monahan||6.375||Dougie Hamilton||5.750||Thomas McCollum||0.613|
|Troy Brouwer||4.500||TJ Brodie||4.650|
|Michael Frolik||4.300||Travis Hamonic||3.857|
|Mikael Backlund||3.575||Rasmus Andersson||0.787|
|Matt Stajan||3.125||Oliver Kylington||0.762|
|Lance Bouma||2.200||Matt Bartkowski||0.613|
You could certainly make the argument that the Flames could tighten up their back-up goalie spot, maybe four or five forward spots, while a couple of blueline spots are up for grabs in training camp. Nevertheless, this projected 23-man roster, as of today, still has about $6.1 million left in cap space to play around with, but that's a lot of spots for so little money for improvements. The Flames have some decisions to make and maybe those decisions don't come until training camp. We'll see.