The Flyers’ newly acquired winger, Kris Versteeg may be a bad influence, according to Matthew Sekeres of The Globe and Mail. He had this to say when weighing in on yesterday’s trade:
Having been around the Chicago Blackhawks in the last two postseasons, let’s just say there were worries about how winger Kris Versteeg spent his recreational time. Had one person tell me the Hawks viewed him as a potential bad influence on Patrick Kane, and that was before the duo posed for shirtless photos in the back of a limo following a night of partying at Vancouver’s Roxy nightclub.
I have no interest in suggesting that Versteeg could be a problem. There’s certainly no harm in players enjoying a night out on the town as long as it doesn’t affect their play and Patrick Kane isn’t exactly a saint. To the best of my knowledge, there have been no reports out of Toronto to suggest he caused any trouble.
The Canucks have felt the sting of being knocked out of the playoffs by the Blackhawks. The Flyers and Canucks are the two top teams in the league and, theoretically, could meet up in the Stanley Cup Finals. To me, this seems like nothing more than faintly damning gossip from a camp that has nothing to lose by throwing a negative spin on this story.
Unless you hear something come directly from Brian Burke or Stan Bowman, there’s little cause for concern.
Pictures originally appeared on Panfix.