Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Jack Skille traded to Florida

Sometimes a change of scenery can be the best thing for a player. In Jack Skille's case, it might end up being the best thing for him.

It was just announced that Jack has been traded to the Florida Panthers along with Hugh Jessiman and David Pacan for Michael Frolik and Alexander Salak. He's now re-united with the man that drafted him, Dale Talon.

Skille is the second Badger today that had the GM who originally draft him make a trade for him. Earlier this afternoon, Brian Burke, now with the Toronto Maple Leafs traded for current Badger defenseman Jake Gardiner, whom he drafted in the first round back in 2008 for Anaheim.

It didn't take long for Talon to speak about the trade, "Jack is a high character, big, strong player who will add a physical presence to our line-up and also possesses the ability to score goals."

Skille, who is from the Verona area has 17 points in 49 games for the Blackhawks this season. The 23 year old former Badger was the 7th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Draft by the Hawks.

Skille is currently on a 1 year contract for $600,000. He will be a restricted Free Agent at the end of the 2011 hockey season.

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