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Red Wings trade Kindl to Panthers

by Kyle Kujawa / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today traded defenseman Jakub Kindl to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Kindl totaled 273 NHL games for the Red Wings since making his NHL debut in the 2009-10 season, logging 68 points (16-52-68), 149 penalty minutes and a plus-15 rating. This season, the 29-year-old defenseman saw action in 25 games for Detroit, recording six points (2-4-6), a plus-three rating, 14 penalty minutes, 13 hits and 15 blocked shots. Kindl also played in 19 career NHL postseason games for the Red Wings, notching five points (1-4-5) and 12 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-3, 199-lb., blueliner has also appeared in 10 games for the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins this season, picking up three goals, one assist and 12 penalty minutes. A ninth-year pro, Kindl skated in 139 AHL games for the Griffins since the 2005-06 season and picked up 94 points (17-77-94), and 239 penalty minutes. He was a 2009 AHL All-Star for the Griffins, posting an AHL career-high 33 points (6-27-33) in 78 games during the 2008-09 campaign.

The Sumperk, Czech Republic, native has also represented his country several times on the international circuit, most recently totaling three points (1-2-3) at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus. He also picked up five points (0-5-5) in 12 games at the 2006 and 2007 IIHF World Junior Championships. Prior to his professional career, the former first-round pick (19th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft logged 176 games in the Ontario Hockey League for the Kitchener Rangers, totaling 127 points (26-101-127) and 346 penalty minutes from 2004-07.

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