The Florida Panthers acquired winger Teddy Purcell from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a third-round draft pick. They also acquired defenseman Jakub Kindl from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a sixth-round pick in 2017.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Panthers GM Dale Tallon’s been a busy man, having already acquired forward Jiri Hudler from the Calgary Flames for two draft picks. Tallon obviously felt it worthwhile to bring in another experienced forward. Injuries to several key players in recent weeks likely prompted these moves to ensure they clinch a playoff berth and bolster their chances for a deep run.
Purcell had several decent seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning, but struggled in 2014-15 with the Oilers. This season, he’s on pace for a 20-goal, 40-point season, but the pending UFA didn’t have a long-term future with the Oilers. He’ll get an opportunity with the Panthers to improve his value as a potential free agent this summer.
Kindl, 29, was a disappointment for the Wings as a defenseman. He was a frequent healthy scratch and cleared waivers twice this season. He’ll play a depth role with the Panthers, though it remains to be seen if he’ll see more playing time with the Panthers. The Wings will also pick up $360K of Kindl’s $2.4 million cap hit for this season and next.