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Florida Panthers Trade Erik Gudbranson

Talk about a quick turnaround.

Roughly two weeks after defenseman Erik Gudbranson agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million bridge contract with the Florida Panthers, the Ottawa, Ontario, native is set to ship back across the northern border.

On Wednesday, Gudbranson’s former club dealt the former third-overall pick to the Vancouver Canucks, swapping him and a 2016 fifth round draft pick for forward Jared McCann and a pair of draft selections in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft.

Packaged along with second and fourth-round selections in 2016, McCann is coming off of a nine-goal, 18-point rookie campaign with a team that finished sixth in the Pacific division. Skating in 69 NHL games as a teenager, the Stratford, Ontario, product finished fourth on the Canucks in even-strength goals, despite spending most of his time skating alongside depth forwards.

Billeted as a “a two-way center with outstanding hockey IQ,” the 6’0″, 180-pound winger was Vancouver’s first round selection in 2014.

While the deal may come as a surprise to fans, Gudbranson could have indirectly had a hand in things.

Per the Miami Herald’s George Richards, the 6’5″, 216-pound rearguard rejected a four-year contract carrying an average annual value of $4.5 million in favor of a shorter term bridge deal. And, with the emergence of 2012 first-rounder Michael Matheson as a solid option on the blueline, the Cats’ new management may have deemed him expendable.

The NHL Entry Draft is slated to take place on June 24-25 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York.

Alex Lopez

Alex Lopez

Ridiculously injury-prone Business Administration major who tries to row, enjoys writing, digs rap, appreciates Chance The Rapper a tad bit too much, and loves the Florida Panthers. Spirit animal-Left Shark. Once set a food challenge record at some diner in High Springs, Florida. "Nice beard, dude"-Chadwick Stokes, Dispatch. Also enjoys long walks on the beach, guacamole and doing everything "for the bois".
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