Kris Versteeg (hip surgery) has been taken off the injured list, officially making him a lockout-out player.
Players who were injured are paid and allowed to use team facilities and its medical staff, but now Versteeg isn't among those. "I met with the team doctor on Monday and he cleared me to play,'' Versteeg said. "I want to be with my family. I've been away from them rehabbing in Florida for so long. Maybe if I hadn't been rehabbing I'd be going to Europe to play, like a lot of the other players. The team has been struggling, so it's a good opportunity to see the game from the other side. I'm leaving my options open, too. If [NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman] keeps mucking it up like he's done in past seasons, I'll either go to school or Europe.'' For now, Versteeg has decided to help coach at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta.