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A change of course

by Meg Tilley @MegsTilley /

It may have come as a surprise for Oilers fans when the Calgary Flames announced they had signed free-agent forward Kris Versteeg to a one-year contract.

The Caroline, AB native spent the pre-season on a PTO contract with the Oilers, but opted for a deal with his other home province team on Tuesday.

Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan said that although Edmonton signed the NHL veteran to a PTO in early September, the world of the NHL is still a business, and whether it's the team or the player making the decision, it has to feel right.  

"I know that he was offered a contract here," he said. "[But] the game is about business and it's about business for the team and business for the player and it takes two to consummate a deal. 

"Obviously, we didn't get one done with him but wherever he goes he'll be an effective player and I'm sure he'll help their team." 

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