CHICAGO – The Chicago Blackhawks acquired forwards Kris Versteeg and Philippe Lefebvre from the Florida Panthers for forward Jimmy Hayes and defenceman Dylan Olsen on Thursday night.
The trade was announced after Chicago’s 5-4 shootout win over Phoenix.
The 27-year-old Versteeg, a member of the Blackhawks’ 2010 Stanley Cup championship team, has two goals and five assists in 18 games this season with Florida.
Versteeg had 20 goals and 24 assists in 79 regular-season games with the Blackhawks in 2009-10, then added six goals and eight assists in 22 playoff games during the team’s run to the Stanley Cup. He had a career-high 22 goals and 53 points with Chicago in 2008-09.
“We are excited to bring Kris back to Chicago and are pleased to add a player with his experience and versatility to our lineup,” Blackhawks president and general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. “This move strengthens our team depth and Kris’ skill is a great complement to our current roster.”