The Florida Panthers acquired Paul Thompson and Graham Black in a trade with the New Jersey Devils on Friday.
Going back to New Jersey is Marc Savard and a second round pick in 2018. It was a minor deal for both teams. Florida added depth with the move, but is likely not expecting much of an impact from either player in 2016-17.
Savard has not played since 2011 due to a concussion, but has been included in multiple trades for salary cap reasons. Savard's contract has value to it even if he is expected to never play again. Florida had acquired Savard along with Reilly Smith in July of 2015.
Thompson is 27 years old and only appeared in three games with the Devils last season. The majority of Thompson's playing time came in the AHL with the Albany Devils. While with the AHL, Thompson accumulated 13 goals and 22 assists in 56 games.
Black was also on the Albany Devils and saw no time in the NHL during the season. While with the AHL squad, Black had seven goals and two assists in 50 games played. Black is 23 years old and was drafted in 2012 by New Jersey.
The Panthers have been busy this off-season with a new look and a revamped front office. Florida is looking to reach the playoffs for a second straight year after a successful 2015-16 campaign.