The Panthers granted left winger Sean Bergenheim’s request for a trade on Tuesday, sending him to Minnesota as part of a deal that included swaps of draft selections.
The transaction, announced minutes before Tuesday’s game against the Blackhawks at the United Center, includes the Panthers’ seventh-round pick in the 2016 draft. In turn, the Wild gave up their 2016 third-round pick.
“Sean was frustrated with his lack of ice time and came to me and said such a thing, and I felt it was maybe better if he went elsewhere,” said Panthers general manager Dale Tallon. “I appreciate the hard work that he’s given us, but it’s time for him and us to move on and make some room for some of our younger guys.”
Bergenheim, 31, who struggled with injuries much of his career, had eight goals and 10 assists in 39 games this season.
Tallon suggested there might be more personnel moves as the Panthers remain in the chase for a Stanley Cup playoff berth.
“We’re not going to go crazy — it depends on how we do in these next three games — but we’re not going to do anything drastic,” he said. “We’re still in the hunt.”