Kris Versteeg has himself a little job security now.
After bouncing around with four teams in the last two years, Versteeg put down some roots Monday by signing a four-year contract with the Florida Panthers worth a reported $17.6 million. The two sides agreed to terms just before a scheduled arbitration hearing in Toronto.
"It feels pretty good," Versteeg said on the team's website. "It's been a bit of a whirlwind the last two years but right now security was the No. 1 thing for me. To play in Florida was a No. 1 thing. I mean it all came down to wanting to be in Florida and wanting to play here."
Versteeg, a restricted free agent who previously played with Chicago, Toronto and Philadelphia, had 23 goals and 31 assists in 71 games with the Panthers last season.
"Kris played an important role in our club's success last season and we are pleased to have reached a long-term contract agreement with him," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said. "He is a skilled player who recorded career highs in goals and points last season, while playing on our top line alongside Stephen Weiss and Tomas Fleischmann. We look forward to his continued offensive production, as well as his off-ice contributions in the South Florida community."