With there being a salary cap in the NHL, there will be players on the Chicago Blackhawks who can’t play their whole career there. Here are three players I’d take back in a heartbeat.
Honorable Mention: Kris Versteeg
Let me start off with one of my favorite Chicago Blackhawks‘ players of all-time, Kris Versteeg. The front office got me excited for nothing this season when they brought him back, just for Versteeg to sign an AHL deal.
Before knowing the logistics of the contract, I believed Versteeg would be back in the NHL at some point during the 2019-20 season. With multiple injuries side-lining skaters that play forward and defense, if he didn’t “retire” from the AHL, Versteeg might have played in Chicago again.
Versteeg is one of the most underrated players from the 2010s. I’m not saying he’s this elite, must-have player, I’m just saying he’s a great third or fourth liner, who makes an impact when it counts.
In five seasons with the Blackhawks, spanning over two different signings, Versteeg scored 68 goals and had 96 assists for a total of 164 points. There are a bunch of guys on the roster right now that won’t hit 164 points in Chicago ever.
Versteeg won two Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks while scoring 12 goals, had 19 assists for 31 points in just 66 playoffs games with the team. He wasn’t too bad.