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Panthers swap F Rocco Grimaldi for Avalanche G Reto Berra

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Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida Panthers continued to make offseason headlines, trading speedy prospect Rocco Grimaldi to the Colorado Avalanche for goaltender Reto Berra, who would seem to have the inside track on being Roberto Luongo's backup in 2016-17.

Grimadli, a second-round choice in the 2011 Entry Draft, played a total of 27 games with the Panthers, scoring four times and adding two assists in those regular season games. The 23-year-old also played two scoreless games in the postseason loss to the New York Islanders.

Berra is a 29-year-old native of Switzerland who made his NHL debut with the Calgary Flames during the 2013-14 season. He split last season between the Avalanche and AHL San Antonio Rampage. Berra has made 64 NHL appearances with a 19-30-4 record, 2.82 GAA, 3 shutouts and a career .906 save percentage.

Berra has one more year remaining on his current contract with a salary cap hit of $1.45M. He will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.