Versteeg says no to White House visit


, Last Updated: 10:36 AM ET

UNIONDALE, N.Y. ó Thanks but no thanks.

Thatís the message Kris Versteeg politely delivered when he was invited to meet U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday at the White House, where the 2010 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks will be honoured.

ďItís pretty cool to get the chance to go the White House, but after thinking about it I just decided to take a pass and let those guys enjoy themselves,Ē Versteeg said. ďIím still buddies with (the Blackhawks), but I havenít been on that team for almost a year.Ē

After the Hawks beat the Philadelphia Flyers in the Cup final last spring, Versteeg subsequently was dealt to the Maple Leafs. Toronto then turned around and shipped him to the Flyers last month.

ďIím on a team (the Flyers) that might play (the Blackhawks) again. Who knows?Ē Versteeg said.

Versteeg, who was dealt to Chicago for draft picks in the first round and third round, scored twice last week in his first game against the Leafs since the trade, a 3-2 loss to Toronto. He will make his return to the Air Canada Centre on Thursday when the Flyers visit the Leafs.