Flames trade Jiri Hudler to Panthers for draft picks
The Calgary Flames have traded winger Jiri Hudler to the Florida Panthers for a 2nd round pick this year and a 4th rounder in 2018.
Jiri Hudler to Florida in exchange for a 2016 2nd-rounder and a 2018 4th-round pick
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 27, 2016
Hudler has been with the Flames for four seasons after signing as a free agent in 2012. He has been a consistent point producer in his time with the Flames and should provide a boost to the Panthers playoff push.
Hudler had a career year in Calgary last season, notching career-highs in goals (31), assists (45), and points (76). The 2015 Lady Byng Trophy winner was a fixture on a line with youngsters Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau, helping the Flames to a playoff berth and a first round win against the Vancouver Canucks.
This year, Hudler has 35 points (10-25-35) in 53 games. With the Flames 12 points back of the last wild card spot and unlikely to make the playoffs, it made sense to move Hudler. The 32-year-old Czech winger is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Calgary is a team in transition, and have young players that will push for spots going forward.
The NHL trade deadline is Monday at 1:00 pm MT.