At this point, I’m fairly convinced that my always being late to the reporting table is purely genetic. Sadly, if that’s the case, I can’t do much about it-it’s ingrained in the fabric of my being. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Moving on, I’m here to let y’all know-about 22 hours since the news officially broke-that the Florida Panthers have traded disgruntled winger Sean Bergenheim to the Minnesota Wild, fulfilling his trade request and laying to rest any drama or tension caused by his reported butting of heads with bench boss Gerard Gallant. In packaging the Finnish forward with a 2016 seventh-round draft pick, the Cats were able to net a 2016 third-rounder in return, clearing $2,750,000 of cap space (shouts out, eliteprospects.com) in the process.
It’s a deal that benefits both sides; the Wild, clinging to the Western Conference’s final wild card spot, acquire a veteran presence with some scoring touch that plays a hard-nosed game. On the flip side, the Panthers offload one of their expiring contracts, creating some wiggle room against the cap and liberating a roster spot for a prospect to make the jump from the AHL to the show. The fact that Bergenheim now plies his trade with a Western Conference opponent helps the Cats’ own playoff push as well, as they won’t have to face a potentially salty Bergy and his new teammates for the rest of the season.
Oh, that whole third-round-pick-for-a-rental thing ain’t bad, either. In truth, I think this is a square deal, my only reservation being the year of the selection received-the 2015 edition would’ve been oh, so trill.