The Florida Panthers swung a major four-player deal with the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday that landed them an elite top line right winger.
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The Panthers shipped stud defenceman Petter Granberg to the Windy City, along with grinder Austen Brassard, in exchange for veteran sniper Andrei Kostitsyn and shutdown defender Anton Saveliev.
Kostitsyn, 36, is one of the best shooters in the league and is also good at almost everything else. He has nine goals and 21 points in 21 games this year for Chicago, after posting 30 goals and 79 points last year.
He also has a ton of playoff experience with Chicago, Nashville and Montreal, with 34 goals and 75 points in 87 career post-season games. But he's still looking for his first Cup, and this may be his last chance.
"We're thrilled to get a proven scorer of his calibre," said interim GM Josh Lewis. "His age doesn't really fit with the rest of our roster, that's true, but he's just so damn good. We can't wait to see what kind of chaos a top line of Duchene, Brickley and Kostitsyn can create."
Saveliev, 28, is a one-man wrecking crew on defence. He's one of the most destructive hitters in the league. The recent acquisition of Ryan Pilon allows Florida to put Saveliev on the third pair as a stay-at-home physical defenceman alongside the similar Nikita Tryamkin.
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