The Florida Panthers are making moves again.
After trading Sean Bergenheim to Minnesota and acquiring Jaromir Jagr over the past week, they completed another deal on Saturday afternoon just before their game against Buffalo by sending veteran forward Tomas Fleischmann to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a 2015 third-round draft pick and Dany Heatley.
With Jagr now in the mix Fleischmann was no longer necessary in Florida and when combined with the trade of Bergenheim to Minnesota (for a third-round pick) the trade helps them, at least in part, get back the picks they sent to New Jersey for Jagr (second-and third-round picks).
Fleischmann has appeared in 52 games for the Panthers this season and scored seven goals to go with 14 assists. In Anaheim he will be reunited with Bruce Boudreau, his former coach from his Washington days where he had some of his most productive seasons.
Heatley, who was at one time one of the best goal-scorers in the NHL during the peak of his career, signed a one-year contract with the Ducks over the summer but has struggled to make much of an impact at both the NHL and AHL levels. In six games with the Ducks he failed to record a single point. He has two goals and five assists in 25 games for the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League.
According to the Panthers, he will be reporting to San Antonio in the AHL.