The Florida Panthers and the Pittsburgh Penguins kicked things off last week, pulling a four-player trade to get the ball rolling ahead of the Feb. 25 deadline. However, Derick Brassard who was moved from the Penguins to the Panthers, might be moved once again in the coming weeks and it could all be part of a potential three-way trade.
According to team insider John Hoven, the Los Angeles Kings, the Panthers and the Columbus Blue Jackets could work out a three-way trade that would involve three goalies.
“If the Florida Panthers acquire Sergei Bobrovsky, the Columbus Blue Jackets will likely look to land Jonathan Quick as his replacement, with preliminary talks between the Kings and Blue Jackets already taken place, per John Hoven of Mayor’s Manor.
“If the Florida Panthers can somehow pull off a trade with Columbus for goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, don’t be surprised to see the Blue Jackets announce a deal for Quick soon thereafter.”
The Panthers are said to be shedding contracts and money in order to get Bobrovsky and possibly his teammate Artemi Panarin signed in Florida. This potential blockbuster trade could surely spice things up ahead of the Feb.25.
Newly acquired Brassard is expected to included in the package heading back to Columbus in a Bobrovsky deal, as the Jackets have been interested in getting him back. That would help Florida’s cap structure. The Panthers currently employ Roberto Luongo and James Reimer, who are under contract until 2022 and 2021, respectively, and eat up a combined $7.933 million against the cap. Many believe Reimer could end with the Kings, who’d be looking to replace Quick in between the pipes.
It sure seems like the Panthers and Kings are ready to pull something big and they might end up working with the Jackets to do just that!