Report: Jiri Hudler Traded To Florida, Picks Coming Back

The waiting game for Jiri Hudler appears to be over.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the 32-year-old Czech winger is headed to the Florida Panthers.

Hudler is in the fourth and final year of a deal he signed as a free agent that pays him $4 million annually. He was one of the Flames offensive leaders last season, finishing in the top 10 in league scoring and capturing the Lady Byng Trophy as the league’s most gentlemanly player. He didn’t have nearly as much success this season – at the time of this writing, he’s fifth in team scoring on the Flames – and between that and the flooded market for rental forwards, the return is pretty good for the Flames.

Overall, Hudler put up 192 points in 248 games with the Flames during his tenure.

Presumably this move means that (a) Josh Jooris returns to the Flames line-up tonight and (b) we’re going to see a recall from the AHL’s Stockton Heat prior to the eastern road trip. It also opens up some cap space that will likely ease the cap crunch for the rest of the season and lower the potential of performance bonuses eating away at next year’s already-tight cap budget.

  • freethe flames

    I will miss the guy he was good for a laugh and that was good for the team. His shooting hoops in all his geer was priceless as was his shoe less scene at the awards. Good luck.

  • Flames Fan in Edmonchuck

    I am really interested to see what BT can do with Russell….. any chance he can ship Russell AND Wideman to Boston, for less than he could get for Russell alone?

    Would that be worth it?

  • slapshot444

    It is what it is, I’m sure Tre got what he could, the room will sure miss him.
    Maybe the free agent money doesn’t materialize and he re signs for something affordable, but who am i kidding, July 1st will pay him 4 million for 4 yrs at least. Chow Yuri, go win a second cup!!!

  • Peplinski's Thunderbird

    Adios Huds, it’s been a slice. I always enjoyed watching you stay out on the ice after warmups to make sure opposing players didn’t shoot on our net before puck drop. I hope another Flame picks up that tradition.

    As for the return, I think it’s fair value given the other winger options available. maybe people are underwelmed because BT wasn’t able to pull of another highway robbery, but I’m satisfied with what we received.

  • Plumsrus

    Russel and wide an to Boston. Would we retain a few dollars.

    I heard there was a deal with Boston pre suspension? Wide to Boston for sub an brother the goalie?

      • RealMcHockeyReturns

        I would be nice if we sent Boston both Russell and Wideman plus a 3rd rounder, took back a low-priced defender, low-priced forward prospect, and top RW Loui Eriksson who is large and scores (not every player can be under 30). And to make it worthwhile, Flames have to re-sign Eriksson for $5.75 or less and under 5 years. Trash this but top RWs with size don’t grow on trees.

  • Bean-counting cowboy

    Judging from the Hudler & Purcell returns, I’m thinking a 4th or 5th for Jones. Any less and it makes more sense to hang on to him. Might have to eat a bit of salary.

    Think Blake Comeau type return – maybe a bit better (ie. the 4th). With any luck it will be a 4th which Calgary seems to nail at the draft.

  • freethe flames

    They will now need to call someone up to be with the big team, unfortunately none of our RW have really earned it, so should be Agostino even though he is a LW.

    • brodiegio4life

      I think treliving will make a hard push at the draft for a goalie, murray or andersen probably and the 2 2nds will no doubt be important in negotiations. That 1st rounder is going nowhere!

    • Primo

      Trading high draft choices on consecutive years will prove to be a disaster! I don’t think a team in rebuild can afford too do that particularly when building through the draft is the most effective way to build your team.

      Winning the Stanly Cup next year is not a practical target. Work the UFA market for a veteran goalie and along with Ortio will fill the gap before Gillies is ready….

      • RealMcHockeyReturns

        We used those picks to get Hamilton who was 21 then, that’s a young player who was established, it was worth it. But two years in a row would be risky so unlikely to happen.

  • cornhusk55

    What kind of cash does Boedker get as a UFA? 4.3 like Frolik? Was Brad not AGM in Arizona when he was drafted? 200 lb’s and 6ft. Might be a good fit for the spot left open by the Hudler trade. Shoots left though.

    • Baalzamon

      I read somewhere that Boedker is actually an extremely inefficient scorer. Apparently his output is entirely a consequence of how much ice time Arizona gives him.

      Granted there aren’t a lot of prolific scorers in the Coyotes organization, but it’s still something to consider.

      There are better options out there though.

  • FeyWest

    For those underwhelmed by the return, it’s a huge win if you remember what we “got” for Cammalleri. A second is huge, I don’t think he helped our case with his overall play, he likely raised his stock given his recent play. Good luck to you Huds you were a gem! Good opportunity for some coffee looks 😀