After Dale Tallon did some wheeling and dealing to bring in fresh bodies on Saturday, he dealt Brandon Pirri out for a sixth round pick at the trade deadline. For a player who scored 22 goals last year and who was on pace for around 40 points this year, this seems like an awfully low return for a NHL player.
Pirri had not met the dizzying heights he had last year and had found himself to be a healthy scratch this season. However, he was still producing and was an ace in the shootout. His shootout goals alone had meant a few extra points in the standings.
Tallon obviously wanted some more experience in the lineup, and both Jiri Hudler and Teddy Purcell certainly have that. Both in the regular season and the playoffs. However, both are unrestricted free agents at the end of the season, so it is unlikely that they will be here next season. The Panthers are currently leading the Atlantic Division, so it makes sense to get experienced players for a playoff run.
A Numbers game
It seems that another reason for Pirri being shipped out was due to the amount of contracts the Florida Panthers have. As well as trading for Jiri Hudler, Teddy Purcell, and Jakub Kindl over the weekend, they also signed Jayce Hawryluk and Dryden Hunt this week. It seems Pirri was a victim of the numbers game and thus the odd man out.
Another factor to take into account is that there could potentially be salary arbitration for Pirri. Perhaps Pirri would have demanded too much, and thus would have walked away, and the Panthers would have received nothing. Better to get something rather than nothing!
One cannot help but think Tallon should have traded Pirri when his value was higher. There had been rumours that Pirri would have returned a second round pick. This would have been an easier pill to swallow. Instead, a sixth round pick rarely even produces a NHL caliber player. As well as it being trade deadline, Pirri had also suffered a foot injury which surely impacted his value.
Pirri still an Asset
Even though Pirri is a streaky player, having a player with his shooting skills would have been an asset for the rest of the season and when the playoffs start (once he returned from injury). With the rough and tumble of the playoffs, having as many capable bodies available is important for a deep run.
At least Pirri was traded to a Western Conference team. Maybe the Florida Panthers will receive a favourable trade with the Anaheim Ducks in the future. One can only hope. In the meantime, hopefully the new additions to the Panthers orgianisation will result in a deep playoff run.