The Florida Panthers have dealt forward Sean Bergenheim and a seventh-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2016 Draft.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s the second trade the Wild have made in as many months, the previous being their pickup of goaltender Devan Dubnyk, whose performance has saved their season. It remains to be seen what effect Bergenheim will have.
An unrestricted free agent in July, it was apparent the Panthers had no intention of re-signing Bergenheim. He recently requested a trade as his playing time was reduced in recent games. Though not notable as a scoring forward, Bergenheim does have solid puck-possession numbers.
The Wild have three notable forwards (Jason Zucker, Matt Cooke and Ryan Carter) all sidelined indefinitely by injuries. They needed to add some experienced depth up front. The asking price for Bergenheim was quite reasonable. He should provide experienced depth to their checking lines.