Panthers' Kris Versteeg has hip surgery

Florida Panthers right-winger Kris Versteeg is recovering from surgery to repair a cyst problem that impaired mobility in his left hip. He will be a restricted free agent this off-season, and the Panthers want him to return.

Restricted free agent set career highs in goals, points this season

Panthers right-winger Kris Versteeg had three goals and five points in the team's seven-game playoff loss to New Jersey. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Florida Panthers right-winger Kris Versteeg is recovering from surgery to repair a cyst problem that impaired mobility in his left hip.

The team says Versteeg had the surgery on Wednesday in Nashville.

Versteeg will be a restricted free agent this off-season, and the Panthers want him to return.

He missed 11 games during the regular season and still established career bests in goals (23) and points (54), while tying his season-best in assists (31) for the Southeast Division champions.

Versteeg had three goals and two assists in seven playoff games for the Panthers, who lost in an Eastern Conference first-round series to the New Jersey Devils.