Pirri, 22, was selected by Chicago in the second round (No. 59) at the 2009 NHL Draft. He has split this season between the Blackhawks and Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. Pirri was playing with Rockford, where he had 11 goals and 15 assists in 26 games, at the time of the trade. He had six goals and five assists in 28 games for Chicago this season.
Panthers general manager Dale Tallon was working for Chicago in the same capacity when the Blackhawks drafted Pirri.
Pirri (6-feet, 190 pounds) has six goals and seven assists in 35 NHL games.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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