In a surprising move, the Chicago Blackhawks have traded 22-year old winger Brandon Pirri to the Florida Panthers in exchange for two draft picks, the team announced on its website. Pirri was the team’s second-round selection in 2009.
Pirri looked to finally be making a move to the main roster, setting career-highs in both games played and points this season. In 28 games, Pirri tallied five goals and six assists. Pirri also had a +6 rating for the team.
The draft picks will be a third-round pick in 2014 and a fifth-round pick in 2015. This is the team’s second trade of the season with the Panthers, originally acquiring Kris Versteeg from them earlier in the season.
The Panthers’ General Manager is former Blackhawks’ GM Dale Tallon, who has made it a point to acquire as many former Blackhawks as possible in his time with the Panthers. Besides the aforementioned Versteeg and now Pirri, Brian Campbell, Jack Skille and Tomas Kopecky have also been acquired by Tallon in his four seasons with the team.
Pirri had been averaging over 10 minutes time on ice this season, but that wasn’t enough to keep him with the team. He should find time on one of the top Panther lines, a team without as much offensive depth as the Blackhawks.