The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired Kevin Roy from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Ryan Haggerty. Both players are currently in the minor leagues and will report to their respective new AHL organizations.
It’s not a major deal, though it is important to note that Roy not only has experience in the NHL, he’ll also be joining a former college teammate in the organization. The 26-year old played with Zach Aston-Reese at Northeastern University before turning pro, and has 28 games of NHL experience with the Anaheim Ducks. Roy has also found success in the minor leagues previously, though has just 14 points in 23 games this season with the Springfield Thunderbirds.
Haggerty meanwhile is still waiting on his first NHL opportunity, but has been a consistent offensive weapon in the minor leagues the last several seasons. The 26-year old came into this year with 74 goals in 285 regular season AHL games, but has struggled to fill that role this season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
The deal represents a chance for both players to get their seasons back on track before hitting unrestricted free agency in the summer. Each is on a two-way contract, though Haggerty’s guaranteed minimum is quite a bit lower than Roy’s so will cost a little less for the Panthers.