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Why Florida Won The Erik Gudbranson Trade

from Travis Yost of TSN,

To recap: the Panthers acquired 2014 first-round pick Jared McCann and two 2016 draft picks (a second and fourth-rounder) in exchange for Erik Gudbranson and a 2016 fifth-round pick....

Let’s not forget that Florida added a 19-year-old centre and upgraded their fifth-round pick to a second-round pick and fourth-round pick. The incremental value in that pick swap in and of itself is big. Add in a productive young player who has already exhibited himself as a competent bottom-six talent and is locked in on a team-friendly $894,000 deal through 2017-18, and you have a great transaction.

Truthfully, it’s difficult to see what Vancouver sees in this deal. If the prize is Gudbranson, well, the prize is something like a third-pairing defender. And the premium they paid – a legitimate prospect and multiple picks – is, in a word, inexplicable.

Call it like it is: Florida took advantage of a team who egregiously misvalued a defenceman to once again win a trade in striking fashion. 


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Primis's avatar

VAN added an NHL d-man.

FLA added nothing to their NHL team, and might never out of it.

It’s two teams gambling.  VAN’s drafting has been abysmal, and FLA’s got enough assets they apparently are now happily gambling with them to free up cap space and add futures.

This strike me as Florida making a very weird trade on the heels of the org making internal changes.  Someone is trying to make a quick splash in their new, quiestionable role, and I think they’re going to regret it.

It’s most likely going to end up being a “meh” trade for both teams.  Pretty hard to say FLA won though when none of their assets are NHL, and they moved a young NHL asset away.  Even if Gudbranson is just a 3rd pairing NHL dman, there’s no guarantee any of McCann or those picks will ever see the NHL at all.

Very sketchy deal.

Posted by Primis on 05/26/16 at 03:32 PM ET


I agree totally with the article. As for the change in Panthers management. It is like Colorado where the GM reports to Sakic and he makes the final decision. Tallon is in charge of hockey operations, he makes final decisions. The GM handles more of the day to day issues and deals with contracts while Tallon evaluates the talent. As for Gudbranson, George Richards of the Miami Herald Tweeted

“One reason #FlaPanthers traded Erik Gudbranson: told he turned down four year deal worth $4.5m per before taking one-year bridge at $3.5.”

If you take into consideration what Panthers would have to pay Gudbranson next year considering he has been overtaken on the depth chart by Ekblad, Petrovic, Kulikov and Mike Matheson, all on reasonable contracts he became expendable. Panthers get a good prospect and an early second round pick to replace the one they traded for Hudler. That 33 overall pick alone means it won’t be a “meh” trade and based on what Canucks fans have written Jared McCann has some great potential.

As a Panthers fan I very much like this trade.

Posted by Puckbubba on 05/26/16 at 05:11 PM ET

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