They didn't go all the way in, however, but they did wade in a bit.
Florida sent a sixth round draft pick to Nashville for 33-year-old forward Jarred Smithson.
Nashville liked Smithson – which means Florida assistant GM Mike Santos probably dug him as well – but with the Preds getting better and deeper on the forward lines, Smithson was expendable.
Said Dale Tallon in the Panthers release: “Jerred is a hard working, responsible, veteran player who plays well at both ends of the ice. He is a very good penalty killer, who has consistently ranked among his team’s leaders in face-off win percentage.”
Smithson has played in 526 NHL games for Los Angeles (2002-04) and Nashville (2005-12). He has 89 points off 36 goals.
Where does this put the Panthers moving forward as the deadline approaches?
Well, they have a stockpile of forwards and Smithson is signed through next season.
I was told last night that Marcel Goc's 'lower body' injury – probably a groin – wasn't too serious and John Madden skated yesterday (don't know if he did today because I was flying to Carolina).
Expect one of the AHL guys to go back down tomorrow – if they haven't already headed back to Texas already – and we'll see what happens.
And for all of you Tweeting and emailing me about possible Panthers trades, sorry, I'm just not going to guess or speculate.
You all know what the Panthers have to trade and who they aren't going to touch. There isn't much out there right now, but Dale and Mike have been busy working the phones. They'll make some moves – if they can.