It appears Kris Versteeg will soon be back on the free agent market.
As per TSN, the 30-year-old veteran forward, who has played 550 NHL regular season games for six different teams, signed with SC Bern of the Swiss National League toward the end of July.
However it’s been reported that a change in his contract status is expected.
Versteeg initially underwent the operation in May of 2012 when he was a member of the Florida Panthers. He had 23 goals and 54 points that season, but he’s never been able to match that level of production since.
He split last season between the Carolina Hurricanes and L.A. Kings. He was traded to L.A. prior to the deadline, as he joined the Kings for the playoffs.
When the Boston Bruins begin rookie camp later this month, they will be without 19-year-old forward Zach Senyshyn.
The Bruins on Monday confirmed that Senyshyn, selected 15th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft, will miss rookie camp, but will report to the NHL club’s training camp after undergoing a successful appendectomy on Sunday.
The Bruins added, however, that Senyshyn’s participation in training camp has yet to be determined.
The story first broke at SooToday.com, which covers the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the Ontario Hockey League.
At last year’s draft, the Bruins became the first team in 47 years to make three consecutive first-round picks, although the selection of Senyshyn so early in the draft seemed to come as a surprise.
Senyshyn, who scored 45 goals and 65 points last season with the Greyhounds, also seemed determined to prove critics of his selection wrong. He could get another opportunity to do so at training camp, provided the Bruins feel he’s healthy enough following this operation.
Finnish defenseman Anssi Salmela has made KHL history.
On Monday, Salmela scored the first-ever home goal for Kunlun Red Star, the new KHL team based out of Beijing in China, as he made a move around a falling forward at the blue line, walked into the middle of the ice and snapped a shot top corner.
Kunlun Red Star won the game 6-3, improving their record to 2-0 early in the season, while other teams in the conference have already played five, six and even seven games on their respective schedules.
For now, Paul Gaustad is technically on the free agent market. However, rather than signing a late-summer deal with a team or accepting a professional tryout, he may opt to call it a career.
According to a report in the Edmonton Journal, which listed off a number of veteran centers the Oilers may be interested in as training camp approaches, Gaustad is expected to announce his retirement in “a couple of weeks.”
Now 34 years of age, Gaustad spent the last four-plus seasons in Nashville. However, it was determined quickly after the Predators were eliminated from the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs that the veteran forward — as well as Eric Nystrom — would not be back.
With an annual $3.25 million cap hit from his now-expired four-year contract, Gaustad scored two goals and six points last season for Nashville. He reached the 10-goal mark, with 21 points, two years ago.
Gaustad, who began his NHL career in Buffalo during the 2002-03 season, has played in 727 regular season games, with 89 goals and 231 points. He also had 778 penalty minutes throughout his career.
After 16 seasons, Scott Gomez calls it a career
A documentary about the late Pavol Demitra, who played 847 NHL regular season games, will be shown during a festival in Vancouver next week, according to The Province newspaper.
It’s been almost five years since the tragic plane crash that killed the entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team, including Demitra, on what IIHF president Rene Fasel called “…the darkest day in the history of our sport.” Wednesday, Sept. 7, marks five years since that crash.
Demitra, who was entering his second season in the KHL at the time, was 36 years old.
From The Province:
Pavol Demitra: 38 tracks his life, from his youth in Czechoslovakia, through his NHL career — including his stint with the Canucks between 2008 and 2010 — playing for his national team and for Lokomotiv, his final team.
The film features interviews with former teammates, like Peter Stastny, Jeremy Roenick, Keith Tkachuk, Zdeno Chara and Marian Hossa.
Demitra began his NHL career during the 1993-94 season with the Ottawa Senators. He went on to play for the St. Louis Blues, L.A. Kings, Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks.