The Blue Jackets have acquired Cliff Pu from the Panthers for Markus Nutivaara.
Pu was originally drafted in the third-round back in 2016 and has been traded three times since. Pu split his 2020 season between the AHL and ECHL, posting just two assists in 10 AHL games. Once again, this is more of a cap-dump for the Blue Jackets, who appear to be clearing space to re-sign Pierre-Luc Dubois and make a splash in free agency on Friday.
The Panthers have acquired Cliff Pu from the Hurricanes for future considerations.
Pu was actually traded for Tomas Jurco, but you can’t trade an AHL contract for an NHL contract, hence the “future considerations.” Pu was originally a third-round pick of the Sabres in 2016 and was one of the key pieces that went to Carolina in the Jeff Skinner trade. The 20-year-old has had a terrible season in Charlotte, scoring just one goal with five assists (six points) in 44 games.