The Boston Bruins know that the trade deadline is only days away, and have yet made another move on Thursday. The Bruins have traded young centre Frank Vatrano to the Florida Panthers, who are sending back a third round pick in this year's NHL Entry Draft.
The 23-year-old forward had to deal with loads of injuries this season. And with the influx of young forwards, notably his former line mate Jake DeBrusk and also Danton Heinen, Vatrano was limited to just 25 games this season, in which he tallied two goals while averaging 9:28 of ice time.
"Frank is a talented, versatile forward who can score goals, contribute offensively and add to the depth of our forward group," Panthers GM Dale Tallon said in a team statement. "He's a young player who is still improving and has the ability to support our core group right now and for many years to come."
Vatrano, who signed as a free agent with Boston in March 2015, lit up the AHL circuit in his first year as a professional hockey player, scoring 36 goals in 36 total games with the Providence Bruins. He was eventually called up by the big club to the NHL on Nov. 6, 2015. He closed out his first NHL season with eight goals and 11 points over 39 games.
Unfortunately, Vatrano, who has seen his minutes go down in the last two seasons, suffered a lower-body injury against the Detroit Red Wings on Feb. 6 that kept him out of the lineup over the past seven contests.
In his career with the Bruins, Vatrano managed to score 20 goals and a total of 31 points in 108 games with Boston.