Panthers acquire Hudler, Kindl, Purcell for draft picks

It’s been a busy day for the Panthers as the trade floodgates seemingly opened with the deadline just around the corner. In the span of about an hour, the Panthers acquired Jiri Hudler from the Flames, Jakub Kindl from the Red Wings, and Teddy Purcell from the Oilers.

The Panthers’ first trade got them Jiri Hudler from the Flames in exchange for a 2016 2nd-round pick and a 2018 4th-round pick. The 32-year old has 10 goals and 25 assists in 53 games this season after having a career year last season during which he tallied 31 goals and 45 assists in 78 games. Hudler plays a reliable two-way game and has middle-6 offensive talent, and since he’s able to drive possession fairly well, he’ll likely fit in nicely on the 3rd line left wing with Nick Bjugstad.

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Not long after, news broke that the Panthers had acquired Teddy Purcell from the Oilers in exchange for a 2016 3rd-round pick. Like Hudler, Purcell will likely fit in well on the 3rd line with the Panthers’ top-6 essentially filled up. Purcell, 30, is a solid middle-6 performer who has 11 goals and 21 assists in 61 games this season with Edmonton, and although his stats have dropped off slightly since leaving Tampa, he could regain his form with the Panthers.

The final acquisition by the Panthers was Jakub Kindl from the Red Wings in exchange for a 2017 6th-round draft pick. Detroit also retained 15 percent of Kindl’s contract making this even more a deal for the Panthers. Kindl plays in somewhat of a sheltered bottom-pairing role but has excelled nonetheless. Despite getting the ice time of a bottom-pairing defenseman, he has performed at the level of a top-2 defenseman when it comes to driving possession and suppressing both goals and shots.

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Neither Hudler nor Purcell are expected to suit up for the Panthers when they face the Minnesota Wild on Sunday while Kindl could play since he’s coming from a United States-based team and doesn’t have to deal with visa issues. Hudler and Purcell could join the team for Tuesday’s game against Winnipeg.

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