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Florida Panthers Give Up on Michael Frolik, Trade to Chicago

The Panthers sent streaky winger Michael Frolk to Chicago on Wednesday, getting RW Jack Skille, RW Hugh Jessiman and C David Pacan back.

Florida also threw in goalie Alexander Salak (loaned to Sweden).

''We need more physical players up front,'' assistant GM Mike Santos said. ''Skille is hard to play against.''

Frolik hasn't scored a goal since December but was a 20-plus goal scorer in each of his first two seasons with the Panthers.

Skille is expected to fly from Edmonton to Toronto tonight, then fly to Lauderdale in the morning. He's expected to be in the lineup Thursday against the Sabres.

The 23-year-old has played in 49 games with the Chicago Blackhawks this season scoring seven goals with 10 assists. He has 25 points (12-13-25) in 79 career games all with the Blackhawks.

The Madison, Wisc., native was selected by Chicago with their first choice (seventh overall) in 2005.

''This is a character guy Dale [Tallon] knows very well,'' Santos said.

When asked if this was the start of the Panthers fire sale, Santos laughed.

''We just got three guys for two,'' he said. ''I would say we're buying.''

Here are the bios on the other guys courtesy of the Panthers press release:

-- Jessiman, 26, has played in 25 games for the Rockford IceHogs (AHL) this year scoring three goals with two assists and 27 PIM.

The 6-foot-6, 215-pound winger has recorded back-to-back 20 goal seasons with the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL), while also registering more than 100 PIM three times in his professional career.

The New York, N.Y. native was drafted by the New York Rangers in the first round (No. 12 overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

-- Pacan, 19, has played in 47 games with Niagara (OHL) scoring 14 goals with 29 assists and 31 PIM. The Ottawa native was drafted by Chicago with their sixth choice (No. 177 overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

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