Today at a press conference, the Florida Panthers announced the acquisition of forward Andrew Brunette from the Phoenix Coyotes.
"Andrew is a veteran scoring forward who has proven to be a consistent offensive threat in this league. He solidifies our top 6 forward unit and brings us closer to setting our final roster for the upcoming season," said G.M. Brock Otten
Heading back the other way to Phoenix is young defenseman Marc Methot, as well as two mid round draft selections. "We wish Marc the best of luck in Phoenix. He's a solid young defenseman. We were hoping to keep his solid, long term contract around for cap relief, but we couldn't turn down this deal to make us better right away," said Otten.
With this trade, the Panthers opening day line up appears nearly complete and could look something like as follows...
Andrew Brunette - Mike Richards - Shane Doan
Bryan Little - Shawn Horcoff - Daniel Cleary
James Neal - Eric Belanger - Rene Bourque
Raffi Torres - Darroll Powe - Cal Clutterbuck
Mark Streit - Brent Burns
Brian Campbell - Ruslan Salei
Tom Gilbert - John Oduya