The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired forward Vincent Trocheck from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Erik Haula, Lucas Wallmark, Chase Priskie and Eetu Luostarinen, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
Trocheck, 26, has 10 goals and 36 points through 55 games so far this season — his seventh career campaign — and has already matched his goals and games played totals from a year ago. His breakout season came in 2017-18, with 31 goals and 75 points.
“Vincent brings elements of skill and competitiveness that fit the mold of the style we want to play,” Hurricanes president and general manager Don Waddell said, via the team’s website. “He’s a right-handed center who is excellent in the face-off circle. With two years left on his contract after this one, this fills a need for our roster for this year and moving forward.”
In 420 career regular season games with Florida, Trocheck has tallied 111 goals and 282 points.
The Panthers receive a four-player haul in exchange for Trocheck, with forward Erik Haula (a pending UFA) the biggest name. Forwards Lucas Wallmark and Eetu Luostarinen and defenceman Chase Priskie are also headed to Florida.
Haula, 28, started his NHL career with the Minnesota Wild but really broke out upon joining the Vegas Golden Knights. His 29 goals, 26 assists, and 55 points through 76 games with Vegas in 2017-18 were career-highs across the board, but a serious knee injury in 2018 kept him from repeating that success. This season with Carolina, Haula has registered 12 goals and 22 points through 41 games.