With their final move of this year’s trade deadline, the Panthers have dealt Brandon Pirri to the Anaheim Ducks for a 6th-round pick in the 2016 Draft. The move comes after Pirri seemingly fell out of favor with other players, such as Vincent Trocheck, steppeing up while the young winger drafted by Tallon in Chicago regressed.
The Panthers originally acquired Brandon Pirri when they sent a 2014 3rd-round pick and a 2016 5th-round pick to Chicago on March 2, 2014. Pirri went on to score 22 goals along with 2 assists last season for the Panthers, but this year, his regression was noticeable as he’s put up just 11 goals and 13 assists thus far. He’s more of a goal-scorer than a complete 2-way player, so when he wasn’t putting pucks in the back of the net, he looked out of place and ineffective. Pirri is a restricted free-agent at the end of the season and arbitration-eligible, so it’s possible he could’ve tried to get a good chunk of money out of the Panthers’ wallets leading them to get something for him rather than losing him for nothing.
A source has told Cats on the Prowl that the Anaheim Ducks’ offer was the only one on the table for Pirri, and since he’s currently injured after his foot crashed into the boards a couple of weeks ago, one can assume he trade value plummeted rather quickly.