Earlier this week it was reported that Kris Versteeg—who split last season between Carolina and Los Angeles—was terminating his contract with Swiss Team SC Bern because he could not obtain proper medical insurance. The reports insinuated that Versteeg faced difficulty in obtaining insurance because of a history of hip injuries.
Now a report from a Swiss newspaper (link in German) reports that it was SC Bern who withdrew from the contract after Versteeg failed medical tests. The team earlier announced that they did not know of any lingering medical issue (link in German).
This could be seen as two sides of the same coin. Versteeg may have had trouble obtaining insurance—but because he was not medically fit to play. The failed venture, however, may not dampen Versteeg’s NHL opportunities. Vancouver’s News 1130 Sports reports that the flashy forward has received at least one PTO offer, and after scoring 15G and 23A last season, he’d be a welcome addition on many teams. Teams might be wary of Versteeg’s medical issues, however, and hold out for a PTO to evaluate his fitness.