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We have a trade to announce: Florida acquires Jerred Smithson from Nashville

Feb 24, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

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Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon has waded into the trade deadline pool by acquiring forward Jerred Smithson from Nashville in exchange for a sixth-round pick in 2012.

“Jerred is a hard working, responsible, veteran player who plays well at both ends of the ice,” Tallon said. “He is a very good penalty killer, who has consistently ranked among his team’s leaders in face-off win percentage.”

Smithson, 33, has spent the majority of his career with the Predators, playing at least 64 games a year since the lockout. He’s a 6-foot-3, 210-pound checking forward with single-season highs of nine goals (2009-10) and 16 points (2007-08) and a fair bit of playoff experience (31 games).

He’s also sixth all time in games played for Nashville, which is…something.

It’s possible Smithson could jump right into Florida’s bottom six and get a chance to establish himself with John Madden (foot), Matt Bradley (concussion) and Marcel Goc (lower body) all on the limp.

  1. bluesrawesome - Feb 24, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    That’s a really good trade for the Panthers. They don’t give up a lot and add depth for the playoffs.

  2. bensawesomeness - Feb 24, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    why did nashville do this? for only a 6th round pick? seems like a lopsided trade from a team who’s really looking to make a push for deep in the playoffs

    • bluesrawesome - Feb 24, 2012 at 7:35 PM

      Maybe to clear some cap space or clear money that they would pend for another trade and upgrade.

    • bluesrawesome - Feb 24, 2012 at 7:35 PM

      Maybe to clear some cap space or clear money that they would spend for another trade and upgrade.

  3. jrod691 - Feb 24, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Don’t you hope to get a guy like this when picking in the 6th round? Wouldn’t Smithson have been a home run 6th round pick (or at least a ground-rule double)?

    This trade makes no sense unless Smithson was very overpaid.

  4. vshehane - Feb 24, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    I think he only made $800k. Drop in the bucket. Hope we have something going on. He was a fan favorite and we will miss him.

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