The Carolina Hurricanes acquired center Vincent Trocheck from the Florida Panthers in exchange for center Erik Haula, center Lucas Wallmark, defensive prospect Chase Priskie, and center prospect Eetu Luostarinen. Haula can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 while Wallmark can become a restricted free agent the same day. Trocheck has two seasons remaining on a six-year contract that carries a cap hit of $4.75 million after this one.
Trocheck to CAR for Haula, Wallmark, Chase Priskie and Eetu Luostarinen
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 24, 2020
In 55 games with the Panthers this season, Trocheck has recorded 10 goals, 36 points, and a -3 rating. In 420 career NHL games, all with the Panthers, the 26-year-old has recorded 111 goals, 282 points, and a -21 rating. The Panthers selected him in the third round of the 2011 NHL Draft (64th overall).
With the addition of Trocheck, the Hurricanes add some center depth to their lineup. He will likely slot in the second-line.
The Hurricanes are currently tied with the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference but have two games in hand.
While averaging 16:52 worth of ice-time, including 1:57 on the power-play and 0:26 on the penalty-kill, Trocheck has recorded 33 blocked shots, 83 hits, 47 takeaways, and 61 giveaways.
In two career Stanley Cup Playoff games, Trocheck has earned just one assist.
With the additions of Haula and Wallmark, the Panthers strengthen their bottom-six center group to an offense that already averages 3.45 goals-per-game, the fifth-highest in the league. Haula has recorded 12 goals, 22 points, and a +1 rating in 41 games after getting acquired in a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights last summer. The 28-year old missed the Golden Knights’ final 67 games last season due to a knee injury. Wallmark, 24, has posted 11 goals, 23 points, and an even rating in 60 games this season.
In 398 career NHL games with the Hurricanes, Golden Knights, and Minnesota Wild, Haula has posted 85 goals, 173 points, and a +19 rating. He was selected by the Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft and set a career-high with 29 goals in his first season with the Golden Knights. In 44 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, Haula has recorded nine goals, 22 points, and a -2 rating, including three goals, nine points, and a -3 rating in 20 games in the 2018 tournament to help the Golden Knights reach the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season, where they fell to the Washington Capitals in five games.
In 160 career NHL games, all with the Hurricanes, Wallmark has recorded 22 goals, 54 points, and a -11 rating. He was selected in the fourth-round (97th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft by the Hurricanes. In 15 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, all with the Hurricanes last season, Walmark posted one goal, five points, and an even rating.
Priskie, 23, signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Hurricanes last summer and has recorded six goals, 31 points, and a +1 rating in 52 games during his first pro season with the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers. He was selected by the Capitals 177th overall (sixth-round) in the 2016 NHL Draft. Luostarinen. Priskie was named a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the player of the year in the NCAA, last season when he recorded 17 goals, 39 points, and a +20 rating in 34 games for Quinnipiac last season.
Luostarinen, 21, was selected by the Hurricanes 42nd overall in the 2017 NHL Draft and has recorded eight goals, 25 points, and a -1 rating in 44 games with the Checkers this season, his first in the pros. He also tallied an assist and a -2 rating in eight games while up with the big club.
The Panthers are 3-7-1 in their past 11 games, so trading Trocheck could mean that they have given up for this season. They are currently four points back of the Hurricanes but the Hurricanes have two games in hand.
The Hurricanes host the Dallas Stars on Tuesday while the Panthers visit the Arizona Coyotes.
The Hurricanes currently have $2,690,213 left in salary cap space while the Panthers have $337,875.
The Golden Knights receive a 2021 fifth-round draft pick from the Hurricanes as a condition on the Haula trade that sent center Nicolas Roy and a fifth-round pick last summer since Haula was part of the trade.
By Harrison Brown