Panther's Roster: Marty Reasoner

The Trade Deadline is February 28th at 3PM EST. What we’re doing everyday until then is do an honest roster break down of the current roster for the month of February.  Today, we look at Marty Reasoner

Marty Reasoner  was selected in the first round of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, 14th overall, by the St. Louis Blues. On June 24, 2010 Reasoner , along with the Thrashers’ first (24th overall) and second round picks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Joey Crabb and Jeremy Morin, was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in a multi-player deal for Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager, Brent Sopel, and Akim Aliu. A month later on July 22, 2010, due to salary cap restrictions within the Blackhawks he was again traded to the Florida Panthers for center Jeff Taffe.

Reasoner scored only four goals last season with the Thrashers, but he had 25 goals with 55 points from 2007-09 with Edmonton and Atlanta and has played well for the Panthers this season, his determined play, great defensive effort, and faceoff wins out of the third line center spot is a tremendous boost to the team. Marty Reasoner personifies the type of attitude, effort, and dedication that Dale Tallon wanted from his team the entire season.

As much as I’d like to see the center piece of our old guys third line remain a Panther something tells me that this is the kind of “piece to the puzzle” that contending teams will be looking for and Tallon will be bargaining with…still a great guy and a great player who works hard and produces results…and a type of player I hope Tallon will keep bringing to Florida…

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