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Florida Panthers Add Depth, Trade 6th Round Pick to Predators for Jarred Smithson

SmithsonRALEIGH -- The Panthers dipped their toe into the trade deadline pool on Friday afternoon and decided to get a little wet.

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. 

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With all the injuries it makes sense and not rely on the AHL as much. That said Repik maybe should stick around though probably not Matsumoto.

Agree, Matsumoto did not look good out there.

Smithson, probably a good trade, as he is most likely better than Fall-over-Weiss.

Good for you, GR, staying away from the silly trade rumors that are rampant this time of year. I don't understand people who feed off rumors, most of which don't even happen. Just silly conjecture for the most part by people making money off it (Eklund).

It's gonna be tough for the Panthers to find a dance partner anyway given how many teams are still in the playoff chase. What a crazy year! It just pains me to see Winnipeg leap us in the standings. Hopefully getting healthy and maybe 1 move on the forward corps will get this team back to its hot early start.

Should be a fun game sunday with the building packed with Montreal fans. Heck, that's better than when they aren't there because then the building would be half empty. Ppl don't care about this team down there. Move them. Those fans that live down there are no loyal at all. Too many empty seats for a team that is still in the hunt.

What a shame

PANTHERS TAKE ON 3.8 MILLION AND TRADED A 3RD ROUND PICK FOR WOLSKI SO NOW THE RANGERS MOVE CAP SO THEY CAN GET NASH. GREAT JOB TALLON YOU IDIOT. WOLSKI WON'T PLAY MORE THAN 2 GAMES HERE, HE'S HURT. THIS MAKES NO SENSE.

3RD ROUNDER? REALLY???

WOLSKI IS NOW THE 2ND HIGHEST PAID FORWARD ON THE TEAM BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA WHAT A JOKE THIS ORGANIZATION IS.

you know your blog sucks when people leaving comments break TRADE NEWS!

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