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versteegPenguins head coach Mike Sullivan has recommended to Penguin management that the team bring in winger Kris Versteeg on a professional tryout for training camp, Inside Pittsburgh Sports has learned.

Sullivan a big fan of Versteeg’s skilled game, was part of the Blackhawks organization during the 2014-2015 season.

Versteeg originally signed with SC Bern of National League A in Switzerland but the deal fell through this past weekend due to insurance complications, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported

Versteeg’s agent has told interested teams in the past 24 hours Versteeg prefers to come to an NHL training camp on a PTO. The Versteeg camp received six offers on Tuesday, all Professional Tryout Offers.

The 30 year old forward had 15 goals and 38 points last season, including 2 points in five playoff games with the Kings.

Versteeg’s ability to play left wing particularly interests Sullivan and his staff, sources say.

The Penguins still have room to add a player with a cap hit in the $925,000 range, per a team source.

The Penguins coaching staff is planning to meet again next week to put the final plans in place for training camp. Mike Sullivan will not be with the team for the start of camp due to the World Cup.

Pittsburgh first preseason game is September 27 vs Detroit. [/hide]