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Report: Panthers close in on Bergenheim trade

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SUNRISE, FL - MARCH 03: Sean Bergenheim #20 of the Florida Panthers breaks a stick while taking a shot against the Nashville Predators at the BankAtlantic Center on March 3, 2012 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Bruce Bennett

Sean Bergenheim has practically been collecting dust as a healthy scratch lately, but it sounds like the Florida Panthers might be close to finding him a new home.

In the latest edition of TSN’s Insider Trading, Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger provided some interesting details, including the strong possibility that he may be moved by Monday. Let’s run them down really quick:

  • The Winnipeg Jets, Vancouver Canucks and to some extent the Montreal Canadiens rank among those interested.
  • The asking price may very well be a third-round pick, which LeBrun notes is something the Canucks lack in 2015.
  • Winnipeg has some interesting pieces they can float in deals: some depth defenseman as well as the rights to current KHL forward Alex Burmistrov.

Interesting stuff, huh?

Bergenheim, 31, isn’t a household name by any means, obviously. Even so, his possession stats have consistently been strong, something that’s likely valued more than every in an increasingly savvy league. Those numbers argue in favor of his value more than his solid-but-unspectacular point totals, as he generally clocks in at 10-15 goals per season.

He’s an unrestricted free agent after 2014-15, so he’ll also have that added motivation to generate an eye-catching run with a new team. His agent didn’t exactly hold back when asking for a move, either.

March 2 is the trade deadline, yet we may see another noteworthy move well in advance of that.

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