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TRADE: Florida swaps minor league goalies with Tampa Bay

The Florida Panthers completed a trade with their intrastate rivals, the Tampa Bay Lightning, on Wednesday afternoon.

Florida sent goaltender Mike McKenna to the Lightning in exchange for fellow minor league goaltender, Adam Wilcox.

Unknown-3McKenna was the 172nd overall selection at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators and is a pending unrestricted free agent at season’s end. The 33-year-old goalie has appeared in 22 career NHL games since the 2008-2009 season, including a career high 15 games that year with the Lightning.

He has a career GAA of 3.48 and a .889 SV%. McKenna appeared in 26 games with the Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL) this season, notching a 2.83 GAA and a .907 save percentage.

Florida_Panthers_logo_2016Wilcox was the 178th overall selection at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by Tampa Bay and is a pending restricted free agent this July. The 24-year-old goalie has yet to make his NHL debut and has appeared in 36 games with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch since 2015-2016.

He has previously played for the University of Minnesota and the Green Bay Gamblers (USHL), as well as the Tri-City Storm (USHL).

By Nick Lanciani

10 years experience working various roles in sports, plus I like to paint in my spare time. Maybe I'll go to grad school next. Anyway, I write stuff on Down the Frozen River, make/appear on podcasts, used to write stuff for Couch Guy Sports and apply to full-time jobs for a living.

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