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Panthers acquire Hudler, Kindl in trades

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

The Florida Panthers acquired forward Jiri Hudler from the Calgary Flames and defenseman Jakub Kindl from the Detroit Red Wings in separate trades Saturday.

"We are very pleased to welcome Jiri to the Panthers," general manager Dale Tallon said. "He is a highly skilled and experienced player that adds leadership, character and offensive ability to our team."

The Flames received the Panthers' second-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft and fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

Hudler had an NHL career-high 31 goals and 76 points in 78 games last season. He has 155 goals and 406 points in 657 regular-season games with the Detroit Red Wings and Flames. He has 16 goals and 41 points in 77 Stanley Cup Playoff games, winning the Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in 2008.

"We want to thank Jiri for his years of service with the Flames. He is tremendous player and teammate. We wish him the very best of luck with his new club," Flames GM Brad Treliving told the team's website. "As we continue to build our team, these picks will be valuable assets to us and also valuable capital in the market place."

Kindl, who had four goals in 10 games with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League, played 25 games (two goals, six points) with the Red Wings this season.

The Panthers traded their sixth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft for Kindl.

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