It’s about going out there and trying to get some chemistry going, and I feel it’s coming along. We’re starting to use each other really well, and the scoring chances are there. Something should be going in, and I don’t know why it’s not. But as long as you’re getting chances, I don’t think you should worry too much.
– Kris Versteeg on his lack of success so far with line-mate Mike Richards, today in the Philadelphia Inquirer
…I’m not really too worried about it, Kris. Versteeg was not brought here to be the team’s leading scorer, or even a top-3 offensive proponent to this squad. He was brought here to essentially duplicate the role he had with the Chicago Blackhawks, and I have very little complaints about him so far. Sure, you want guys to score when they are playing with players like Richards, but it just needs time. Versteeg is a good player, and eventually the bounces will come. It’s all about developing that chemistry: something that certainly will benefit Steeger and the Flyers in the long run.
…I like Ville Leino now even more than I already did. In this day and age, it’s rare that an athlete sacrifices potential cashflow for the betterment of the team, but that’s exactly what Leino did here. He saw the chance of Kris Versteeg joining the Flyers as a potential final piece to a Stanley Cup puzzle, and told Homer to forget about contract negotiations now and add the former Cup champ with Chicago. The Flyers had better find a way to get Leino back into the fold this off-season, because after a self-less move like that, the Finn deserves it.
…Probably nothing you haven’t seen or heard before, but Adam Proteau is a voice I respect in the hockey world, so it’s always interesting to hear his take on things.
Photo Courtesy of Chris O’Meara, Associated Press
…I’ll never get used to not seeing Simon in a Flyers’ jersey, but he’s now part of the top threat to the team’s Cup chances, so my feelings on that may change. Versteeg played over 17 minutes last night in his Flyers debut, and was a minus-1, skating on Mike Richards and Andreas Nodl’s line.
I look at their (Flyers) depth, and it’s like, ‘Holy (bleep).'”
-Kris Versteeg, to Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer after the Flyers’ morning skate today in Tampa Bay.
…Yeah, that’s one way to look at it.
…Interesting to hear both Sharp and Eager say that since both really weren’t given the best opportunity to excel in Philadelphia. With that being said, it speaks volumes that their short stays resulted in such positive things to say about Philly. Has to make Versteeg feel great about his newest situation.