Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher has shown a penchant for making moves to improve the club at the National Hockey League's trade deadline. With Trade Deadline Day quickly approaching, the GM has added a veteran to the Wild's depth up front.
Minnesota has acquired forward Sean Bergenheim and a 2016 seventh-round draft pick from the Florida Panthers in exchange for the Wild’s 2016 third-round selection.
The 31-year-old has collected 18 points (8-10=18), 34 penalty minutes and a plus-2 rating while averaging 14:09 in ice time in 39 games this season with the Panthers. The 6-foot, 193-pound native of Helsinki, Finland, has tallied 179 points (95-84=179) and 373 PIM in 489 career NHL games with the New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida. He has recorded 17 points (12-5=17) in 23 career NHL playoff matches.
Bergenheim has represented Finland at the 2002 World Junior and Under-18 Championships, the 2003 World Junior Championship and the 2007 and 2008 World Championships. He was originally selected by the Islanders in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.