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Trade: Panthers acquire Pirri from Chicago for two picks

Mar 2, 2014, 8:48 PM EDT

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The Florida Panthers traded for Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Pirri on Sunday, sending a third-rounder in 2014 and fifth-round pick in 2016 back in the deal.

Pirri, 22, was drafted 59th overall by Chicago in the 2009 NHL Draft. He has 13 points in 35 NHL games spread over three seasons, including 11 in 28 games in 2013-14. He’s been more or less a point-per-game player in the AHL, as well, as he scored 26 points in 26 games for the Rockford IceHogs this season after generating 75 in 76 games in 2012-13.’s Tracey Myers believes that this move could open up space for hot Blackhawks prospect Teuvo Teravainen to make a late-season impact.

Tallon loves to load up on ‘Hawks

It’s pretty much impossible to avoid mentioning that Panthers GM Dale Tallon once served as Chicago’s general manager.

He’s clearly not adverse to making moves with his former team, as he also sent Kris Versteeg to Chicago (after once acquiring the former ‘Hawks winger from Toronto) in a deal that netted Florida prospects Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen in November. Going further, key current Panthers who rank as former Blackhawks include Tomas Kopecky and Brian Campbell.

The Panthers aren’t the only team with a significant part of its foundation taken from Chicago; the Winnipeg Jets feature Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd while their GM Kevin Cheveldayoff also worked for the Blackhawks organization.

Pirri likely has a better chance to reach his ceiling in Florida than with Chicago, so the deal makes sense for both sides.

  1. hallsy86 - Mar 2, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    I hope Tallon sent some lube to Bowman before he raped him.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Mar 2, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      Um, no.

      ***see my post below***

      • hallsy86 - Mar 2, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        He’s still a 22 year old former 2nd round pick with a ton of upside. A 3rd and 5th is a pathetic return.

      • blackhawksdynasty - Mar 2, 2014 at 11:32 PM

        He was a high draft pick….yippee

        He’s had countless chances to prove he can hack it on a cup contender. He’s only proven that he can’t.

    • hallsy86 - Mar 3, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      You’re right. He’s already 22 as well. Long past the age when guys stop developing and definitely way past his prime. He’s doing nothing in the AHL and there’s no way he can ever get better.

  2. lowenni - Mar 2, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Good deal for both teams. Chicago can’t afford to wait and develop someone’s defensive game like Pirri’s in the NHL while they’re contending for a cup. Decent return for them. For the Panthers, they’re getting another solid prospect center who could be a real good player for them. This trade makes sense.

  3. blackhawksdynasty - Mar 2, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Thank you Dale Tallon. The Hawks are notorious for finding fantastic prospects in the draft. Pirri has great offensive skills – just don’t ask him to play defense. He had developed quite an attitude problem after watching many other players leapfrog him to the NHL. Virtually no hope of taking a permanent place in the Hawks lineup.

    Like I said when Viktor Stalberg walked….. good riddance.

    • lowenni - Mar 2, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      The kid is 22….

    • bsaures - Mar 2, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      Its not hard to find good prospets in the draft when you get to pick in the top half of the draft after not making the playoffs 9 of 10 years. Their best two players are a 1st and 3rd overall pick real diamonds in the rough.

      • blackhawksdynasty - Mar 2, 2014 at 11:26 PM

        You obviously have no idea what I’m referring to, thus proving your ignorance. And I’m not going to waste my time explaining, as you’re opinion means precisely d!ck to me.
        Moving on….

      • bsaures - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:29 AM

        Wow you sound a little butthurt whats wrong? Dont want people reminding you of Chicago’s lest than stellar past (putting it kindly in reality they were a nightmare for almost half a century with most of their fanbase giving up on them) or maybe you cant admit that you should probably be able to get more for the best offensive player in the minors who is only 22 even if he has some shortcomings to his game like most players new to the NHL.

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 3, 2014 at 7:57 AM

        Funny that you say that. I was reading your comments and wondered why you were butthurt.

  4. earpaniac - Mar 2, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    He never was going to be the def player the Hawks wanted him to be, but I think they should’ve gotten a 2nd and a 5th.

  5. jpat2424 - Mar 2, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Don’t care that Pirri is gone but doesn’t seem like we got a lot for him.

  6. gret9 - Mar 2, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    WTF? Get rid of 22 year old Pirri while running a bunk hound like Regin out there to center Kane and Steeger.

    Since Pirri can’t be called up, Bicks is crying tonight because that means he is now Q’s designated whipping boy for the rest of the year. 😉

  7. pone27 - Mar 2, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    As Tracey Meyers said: this is room for Teravainen.

    The Hawks are deep in the minor system with prospects. Only so many will ever crack the roster before they become flat and not valuable.

    For me, I loved Pirri, I thought he had all the credentials to crack the Hawks 2nd line. But as also mentioned, his defense is not good, and Teravainen has a way more physical upside to build that will give him the ability to crack the roster.

    I am skeptical on what the Hawks got in return, but we need to take the fan bias out of it. He is 22, but in reality, to get a 3rd and a 5th for a 2nd rounder who still isn’t full time on a not very deep group of centers, it isn’t too bad.

  8. esracerx46 - Mar 2, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Pirri was a late 2nd round pick in the Tallon era. I liked him, I really do. But if the coach won’t play him, he’s of no use to you. Im not going to disagree with the 3rd winningest coach in NHL history. Pirri had his faults and the coach had his reasons.

    You can’t look at it like they only got a third and a fifth. Pirri for the most part was an unproven one dimensional center who was poor on faceoffs. I’m going to assume that was the best Bowman could get. Pirri was set to become an RFA and have heard he was becoming increasingly frustrated with the situation (crappy attitude). The Hawks could use the recently acquired assets to make another trade (the third along with a package for Kesler would be nice), and you could say they traded Pirri for Kesler. Or hang on to the pick and draft someone. Something they have done quite well at the last few years.

  9. pavelfitzgerald - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    The Wpg Jets/Chevaldayoff also have Michael frolik from the Hawks

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