GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Florida Panthers have traded a player who entered this season widely considered one of the team's key pieces.
Centerman Vincent Trocheck has been dealt to the Carolina Hurricanes for a quartet of players, including NHL regulars Erik Haula and Lucas Wallmark.
Also acquired in the deal are prospects Chase Priskie and Eetu Loustarinen.
Trocheck, 26, has two years remaining on a six-year deal he signed in 2016 with an average annual salary of $4.75M.
His breakout season came in 2017-18 when Trocheck put up career highs in goals (31), assists (44) and points (75). Two broken ankles in just over a year put a serious hold on the progress of his career, and while he's shown flashes of his former brilliance in the time since, nothing has been terribly consistent.
"Vincent brings elements of skill and competitiveness that fit the mold of the style we want to play," Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell said. "He's a right-handed center who is excellent in the face-off circle. With two years left on his contract after this one, this fills a need for our roster for this year and moving forward."
Haula, 28, comes to Florida having played in just 41 games this season, but has logged 22 points (12-10-22) and is a solid two-way player with plenty of playoff experience between his time in Minnesota and Vegas.
Knee injury issues have plagued Haula over the past few years, but all reports are that he's back to full strength and hoping to regain the early-season form that saw him score eight goals in Carolina's first 16 games.