ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild acquired Sean Bergenheim in a trade with the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, giving up a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft for the veteran forward. The Wild also receive the Panthers' seventh-round pick in the 2016 draft.
Bergenheim is in the final year of a four-year, $11 million contract and has eight goals and 10 assists in 39 games this season. He's played in 489 NHL games with the Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders.
Bergenheim, 31, was a first-round pick (No. 22) of the Islanders in the 2002 NHL Draft.
"We were looking for some depth," Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said. "We're playing with 12 guys up front right now that are playing well, but you get one or two more injuries and you start to really get into some issues. The emphasis for us was to find a proven guy with some playoff experience that's wiling to compete, go to the net, pursue pucks, and Sean brings all those attributes."