Blackhawks trade Brandon Pirri to Panthers for draft picks

Blackhawks trade Brandon Pirri to Panthers for draft picks
March 2, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Brandon Pirri had his ups and downs with the Chicago Blackhawks, and we mean that assignment-wise. Now it looks like he’ll get an opportunity with another squad while the Blackhawks bolster their draft picks.

The Blackhawks sent Pirri to the Florida Panthers in exchange for two draft picks – a third-round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and a fifth-round pick in the 2016 draft.

The 22-year-old Pirri made several appearances for the Blackhawks this season; he had 11 points, including six goals in 28 games. Whether he wasn’t bringing the defensive side of his game like the Blackhawks wanted or it just wasn’t the right fit, Pirri’s stays with the Blackhawks were never very long.

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The Blackhawks were fine with what Pirri was doing; they just like what they have with their current group and Pirri has more of a chance connecting long-term with another NHL club.

“As depth goes along, you like him and eventually he’ll get his turn. In Florida he’ll definitely get his turn, and likely now,” coach Joel Quenneville said on Monday. “His upside will be in the right place. Our depth’s put us in a position where we’re comfortable with the move. Some guys at this state of their development, they’re ready for that step. We feel he’s probably ready but we like what we have and what we have coming as well.”