Not long after the Florida Panthers made a move to add Jiri Hudler from the Calgary Flames, the Atlantic-Division leaders have made yet another move to bolster their roster ahead of the NHL Trade Deadline.
The team has acquired forward Teddy Purcell from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a third-round draft pick in 2016.
In 61 games with the Oilers this season, Purcell has scored 11 goals and tallied 21 assists for 32 points. His production should immediately increase the Panthers’ bottom-six production as the season winds down. The Panthers now have a roster that consists of a nice mix of young and veteran players. With Tampa Bay and Boston breathing down their necks, these are the type of moves needed to keep first place in the division as well as home-ice advantage.
In addition to the acquisition of Purcell, Florida has bolstered its blue line a bit with the addition defenseman Jakub Kindl from Detroit. Kindl was on waivers earlier this season, but it wasn’t until now that the Panthers really felt the time was right to add a piece on the back end. Going back to Detroit in that deal is a late-round draft pick.
#FlaPanthers also get D Jakub Kindl from Detroit; oh, and second period about to start in C-Bus. Cats up 1-0, outshooting Jackets 13-1
— George Richards (@GeorgeRichards) February 27, 2016
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Michael is a former Managing Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s covered the Buffalo Sabres, along with the NHL in general, for various outlets since 2009. His work has been featured on outlets such as Yahoo, Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports.