Sportsnet.ca – The Florida Panthers acquired left-winger Chad Kilger from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2008 draft.
Kilger has 17 points (10-7) in 53 games this year. The Cornwall, Ont., native is earning $800,000 this season and will get $700,000 next season.
"With the Richard Zednik injury we needed a big, fast and skilled winger to be able to play on one of our top lines," Martin said. "Chad can play that role for us. He is a gritty, character veteran that will bring experience and a positive attitude to our locker room."
The six-foot-four, 224-pound forward has played in 714 career NHL games scoring 218 points (107-111-218). Last season, Kilger ranked sixth in the league recording 234 hits. He also set the NHL record for the hardest slapshot, blasting a 106.6 MPH shot during a Maple Leafs team competition on Dec. 3, 2006.
Kilger has played for seven different franchises during his 12-year NHL career (Anaheim, Winnipeg, Phoenix, Chicago, Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto).
Kilger was originally drafted by Anaheim in the first round, fourth overall, at the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.
– With files from The Canadian Press