The Winnipeg Jets are looking for a top-nine forward and the Florida Panthers are searching for depth on defence. It would appear Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff and Panthers boss Dale Tallon should be able to strike a match.

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The Winnipeg Jets are looking for a top-nine forward and the Florida Panthers are searching for depth on defence. It would appear Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff and Panthers boss Dale Tallon should be able to strike a match.

Tallon has veteran winger Sean Bergenheim to offer while the Jets have a pool of extra depth defencemen -- Paul Postma, Jay Harrison and Adam Pardy -- from which to dip.

Bergenheim is in the last year of a contract which pays him $2.75 million and would appear to be a financial fit for the Jets. He’s scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in July.

The Jets have lost winger Mathieu Perreault for the rest of the regular season with a lower-body injury. Bergenheim has eight goals and ten assists in 39 games this season.

The Jets are also reportedly talking to the Toronto Maple Leafs about winger Daniel Winnik and there has been talk of the Jets having interest in Columbus Blue Jackets winger and Brandon native Matt Calvert.

The price for Winnik is a second round pick and prospect or depth NHL player while the Jackets are looking for a third round pick in return for Calvert.

The Boston Bruins were talking with the Panthers about Bergenheim as recently as last week with defenceman Matt Bartkowski mentioned as the other player in the deal. The Panthers, however, have closed the gap in the Eastern Conference wild card chase and trail the Bruins by just three points for a playoff spot making a deal between the two teams unlikely.

Bergenheim scored 9 goals in 16 games during a playoff run with the Tampa Bay Lighting in 2010-11.

 

 

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