The Florida Panthers appear to have taken a stab at gaining some offensive help as the team announced Monday Evening that they have acquired the rights to Tomas Kopecky from the Chicago Blackhawks.

 

With Kopecky set to become a free agent Friday, Florida has only three days to try and work on a deal to get the forward signed.

 

Last season, the 29-year old had 15 goals and 27 assists in 81 games for the Blackhawks.

 

The Ilava, Czech Republic native was drafted in the second round (38th overall) by Detroit in 2000, and made $2.1 million last season.

 

In return for, Kopecky Chicago received a seventh round draft choice in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

 

Florida still has to spend around 25-million dollars in order to reach salary floor in order to participate in this years regular season.

 

Adam Reid

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