The Panthers traded Gudbranson and a 2016 fifth-round pick to the Canucks in exchange for Jared McCann, a 2016 second-round pick and a 2016 fourth-round pick on Wednesday. The Panthers are fairly deep at defense, and the Canucks are in desperate need of reliable defenders, so this deal makes sense for both sides. Gudbranson tallied nine points (two goals, seven assists) with a plus-3 rating over 64 games last season, and will likely slot into a top-four role with Vancouver in 2016-17. The 6-foot-5 blueliner isn't known for his offensive contributions, however, limiting his value in fantasy formats that don't count hits or blocked shots.
Gudbranson signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on Monday. Gudbranson didn't light the lamp with any sort of consistency this season, however his defensive contributions were a major factor in Florida's decision to lock him in for another season. For the year, the blueliner averaged over 20-minutes per game in ice time including 3:34 on the penalty kill. The gritty 24-year-old also delivered a bone crunching 150 hits and got in front of 73 shots to help keep opponents off the scoresheet. Gudbranson's contract will pay him $3.5 million for the 2016-17 campaign Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.
Gudbranson (undisclosed) will play in Thursday's playoff opener against the Islanders, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. Gudbranson, who last suited up on April 4, carries modest value in playoff pools, on the heels of a 2015-16 season in which he recorded nine points and 49 PIM in 64 games. He did, however, record 150 hits and 73 blocks in that span.
Gudbranson (undisclosed) didn't suit up Saturday against the Hurricanes. Gudbranson's regular-season campaign comes to a close having notched a mere nine points in 64 games. While the defender rarely hits the scoresheet, he's capable of logging big minutes for the Panthers, averaging 20:07 of ice time and skating for more than 22 minutes twice in his past five outings --that certainly will be useful for the Cats in the playoffs.
Gudbranson will not play Tuesday against the Canadiens due to an upper-body injury. Gudbranson is being evaluated for a concussion, and will not be allowed to take the ice Tuesday. He is considered day-to-day, so he may not be facing a lengthy absence. However, expect the Panthers to be cautious with him so he is healthy when the playoffs kick off next week.
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