Kris Versteeg RW CHI 2 months ago

Versteeg said Tuesday that he'll likely require an offseason procedure on his right knee, ESPN Chicago's Scott Powers reports.

Versteeg, who skated 11:14 in Monday's Game 6 Stanley Cup clincher, previously had the ACL in the same knee repaired in March 2013, but he likely won't require nearly as significant of a procedure this time around. Instead, Versteeg acknowledged that any operation would probably be of the clean-up variety, which should put him on track to return for the start of the 2015-16 campaign. Injuries interrupted what had been a solid start to the regular season for Versteeg, who was limited to 61 games and ended up finishing with 34 points. Versteeg saw his role diminish in the postseason, but with the Blackhawks running up against the salary cap and likely to explore trading away Patrick Sharp this summer, he could stick with the Blackhawks in a second- or third-line capacity in 2015-16.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 3 months ago

With Bryan Bickell (upper body) taking line rushes Monday morning, Versteeg is unlikely to play in Monday's Game 3 against the Lightning, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Versteeg replaced Bickell on the second line for the first two games of the series, but all signs point to Bickell returning Monday night. Versteeg logged 9:32 and 11:55 of ice time in his two appearances, recording one shot on goal and two PIM.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 3 months ago

Versteeg, who replaced Bryan Bickell (upper body) in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, is expected to stay in the lineup for Game 2 with Bickell remaining on the sidelines, CSN Chicago reports.

While Versteeg is not the hitter like Bickell, he played well in only about 9 1/2 minutes in Game 1. The limited minutes for Versteeg might have been due to his wife recently delivering a child. He added that he felt much more rested heading into Game 2 after the Saturday morning skate. "Yeah, the last couple of days it was nice to get a rest, let the body heal and get ready to go for the next game," he said following Saturday morning's skate. "That was a lot of adrenaline pumping (on Wednesday), especially getting through that game. It'll be good to settle in, hopefully play a good game and help out the team any way I can."

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 3 months ago

Versteeg will replace Bryan Bickell (undisclosed) in the lineup for Wednesday's Game 1 Stanley Cup Final against the Lightning, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Versteeg has only made one appearance over the past 11 playoff games but Bickell's absence leaves a golden opportunity for the 29-year-old. The replacement was seen skating in the second line during pregame warmups and he'll most likely assume that role in Game 1.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 3 months ago

Versteeg was reinserted into the Chicago lineup for the first time in nearly a month Thursday. He skated 13:31 and didn't record a point in a Game 3 loss to Anaheim.

It was his first appearance since Game 6 of the first round against Nashville, way back on April 25. Versteeg and Joakim Nordstrom were surprise additions to the Hawks' lineup, with Antoine Vermette and Teuvo Teravainen sitting out. We'll see whether Chicago redeploys Versteeg in Game 4, but he's not much of a fantasy option at this point.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 4 months ago

Versteeg has been scratched from Thursday's Game 4 matchup against Minnesota, Tracey Myers of CSN reports.

Versteeg is reportedly recovered from a lower-body injury, but will be a healthy scratch Thursday. He missed Game 3 with the injury and could be available should the series be extended to Game 5.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 4 months ago

Versteeg is no longer suffering from a lower-body injury, but it's unclear whether he will rejoin the lineup or be a healthy scratch, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Versteeg continues to be a borderline healthy scratch regardless of his health, so it wouldn't be surprising if he sits out Game 4 regardless. However, he will be available for the Blackhawks if needed.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 4 months ago

Versteeg (lower body) will not play in Tuesday's Game 3 against the Wild, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.

Versteeg demonstrated some progress by traveling with the Blackhawks to Minnesota, but he'll sit out a third straight contest with the injury. Teuvo Teravainen, who has tallied a point in each of the first two games of the series, will continue to skate on Chicago's third line.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 4 months ago

Versteeg (lower body) will travel to Minnesota for Tuesday's Game 3, ESPN Chicago reports.

He's expected to skate with the Blackhawks on Tuesday morning, after which the club will make a determination on his status for the game later that evening. The winger has been held out of the first two games of the series due to the injury, with Teuvo Teravainen filling in for him.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 4 months ago

Versteeg (lower body) is inactive for Sunday's Game 2 against the Wild, CSN Chicago's Tracey Myers reports.

Even if he were healthy, Versteeg wouldn't necessarily be in the lineup. Tuevo Teravainen, who recently took over as the third-line right wing, scored the game-winning goal in Game 1.