Kris Versteeg RW CHI 12 Days

Versteeg (lower body) will be sidelined for about three weeks, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Coach Joel Quenneville said that Versteeg wouldn't require surgery or spot on long-term injured reserve, but it's tough news to take after the veteran forward turned in a top-notch training camp. The Blackhawks value Versteeg for his versatility on the penalty-kill and at even strength, attributes that are often difficult to quantify in the fantasy game. With Versteeg out of the picture for multiple weeks, the Blackhawks will turn to Ben Smith to step in and fill the void in their bottom-six.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 13 Days

Versteeg has a lower-body injury and will be reevaluated Wednesday, Tracey Myers of CSNChicago.com reports.

It's not known how the injury occurred at Tuesday's practice, but coach Joel Quenneville said that Versteeg's ailment wasn't related to his surgically-repaired knee. Still, it's yet another ailment in what has been a rough-and-tumble training camp for Versteeg, who took a shot off his ankle and missed time due to an illness a few weeks back. Coach Joel Quenneville didn't provide much information on Versteeg's latest injury beyond suggesting that "it didn't look good," which wouldn't seem to create much optimism that he'll be available for Thursday's opener against the Stars.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 21 Days

Versteeg, who missed the first three exhibition games because of the flu, was on the ice on Sunday in the 5-0 exhibition victory over the Oilers, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Versteeg looked good with a goal and an assist against Edmonton. The Blackhawks are looking for more from Versteeg in 2014-15 after returning to the team last season. He had 12 goals and 24 assists in 81 games between Florida and Chicago for the 2013-14 season.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 25 Days

Versteeg (illness) returned to practice Thursday, Tracey Myers of CSNChicago.com reports.

Versteeg had missed Wednesday's session with the flu, but doesn't look as though he'll face any further limitations in training camp.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 26 Days

Versteeg is sick with the flu and will not play in Thursday's preseason game against the Red Wings, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Coach Joel Quenneville noted that he doesn't expect Versteeg to miss much practice time as a result of the illness, giving him plenty of time to get conditioning work in for the start of the regular season. Versteeg's role is in some question entering the season, as his poor showing in the playoffs has him fighting with a slew of players for a bottom-six role.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 5 Months

Chicago's hoping for more out of Kris Versteeg in 2014-15.

Versteeg was listed as a healthy scratch for four games during the playoffs and logged just 3:44 minutes of ice time in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final. He got off to the campaign on the wrong foot because of a knee injury that he spent his summer recovering from, but he's healthy going into the 2014 offseason.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 5 Months

Kris Versteeg did return to Chicago's lineup in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final, but he logged a mere 3:44 of ice time.

He didn't post any stat of value during the contest after he was a healthy scratch in Game 6. Versteeg finished the playoffs with one goal and three points in 15 outings. He also had a minus-5 rating. In 81 games this season between Florida and Chicago, he recorded 12 goals and 24 assists.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 5 Months

It looks like veteran forward Kris Versteeg will re-enter the lineup for the Chicago Blackhawks tonight when they play the Los Angeles Kings in the seventh and deciding game of the Western Conference Final.

The veteran forward was a healthy scratch in the series' Game 6 in Los Angeles. Chicago Joel Quenneville scratched Versteeg, who struggled in Game 5, and used defenseman Scott Brookbank up front. NHL.com is reporting, however, that it appears that Versteeg will skate tonight at right wing on the Hawks' fourth line with left wing Brandon Bollig and center Michal Handzus. Handzus started Game 6 as the center of the third line. But the third line tonight likely will be comprised of left wing Patrick Sharp, center Marcus Kruger and right wing Ben Smith, a combination that played well when put together in spurts for overtime of Game 5 and throughout Game 6.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 5 Months

Kris Versteeg will be a healthy scratch on Friday.

That's not much of a surprise. Game 5 went to double-overtime and Versteeg still only logged 6:48 minutes of playing time.

Kris Versteeg RW CHI 5 Months

Kris Versteeg was limited to a mere 6:48 of ice time in Chicago's 5-4 double overtime win over Los Angeles on Wednesday.

He had one shot and a minus-2 rating in the contest. Versteeg has been scratched before in the postseason and it wouldn't be surprising if he took a seat in the press box in Game 6 on Friday night.