Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported the Calgary Flames traded forward Jiri Hudler to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a second round pick in 2016 and a fourth-round pick in 2018.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Panthers have reportedly sought a skilled forward to bolster their scoring lines for some time. While Hudler’s struggled this season and well off his career-best 76-point performance last season, he’s still on pace for around 50 points this season. He might regain that scoring flare with the Panthers.
Hudler also has playoff experience, having won a Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2008, and he can play center or on the wing. That could come in handy for the largely young Panthers roster. He’ll also be playing with fellow Czech Jaromir Jagr, though it remains to be seen if they’ll skate on the same line.
As for the Flames, some of their fans could be unhappy with the return. Given the decline in Hudler’s play this season, a couple of draft picks was the best they were going to get.