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Versteeg lands on Gaudreau-Monahan line

Kris Versteeg will skate on the Flames' top line tonight in Edmonton

by Torie Peterson @ToriePeterson /

EDMONTON, AB -- It appears that Kris Versteeg will start his tenure as a Calgary Flame on the team's top line.

Versteeg, who signed a one-year deal with the Flames on Tuesday, skated alongside Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan at the morning skate at Rogers Place.

"Hopefully it will be a great start and we'll go from there," Versteeg said after the team's morning skate.

"It's exciting," Gaudreau echoed. "He's a talented right winger ... me and Sean are looking forward to that.

"He's skilled. He's smart with the puck. I think it's going to be a lot of fun playing with him. Last year we kind of jumped around throughout the whole season, playing with a whole bunch of different guys. Hopefully we find some chemistry early and we keep this going."

With the quick changeover from leaving the Oilers training camp -- which he attended on a professional try-out agreement -- to meeting up with his new team yesterday evening, it has been a whirlwind 24 hours for the 30-year-old.

Being able to get in a practice with his new teammates has him feeling comfortable heading into tonight's game in Edmonton.

"It went well," was Versteeg's assessment of his first practice with his new team. "I think whatever NHL room you go into -- I've been in a lot -- every locker room is great. They all have great guys that are warm and welcoming. This is nothing different. A lot of good guys, a lot of veterans that have been around and ... knowing guys coming into the room helps. (You're) always a bit nervous to get around the guys on the ice for the first time but it was nice to have a morning skate before the game."

Versteeg has played 550 NHL games over the course of his career, scoring 131 goals and 313 points. Last season, he split time with the Carolina Hurricanes (11 goals and 33 points in 63 games) and the LA Kings (4 goals and 5 points in 14 regular season games, 1 goal and 2 points in 5 playoff games).

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