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Final Grade: Marty Reasoner


Each day we are going to give you the Final Grade on the Florida Panthers roster. The members here known as The Rat Pack will rotate daily until we have completed our assessment of bodies talent players.

Today’s Final Grade Report is on #19 Marty Reasoner

How Acquired: Trade with the Chicago Blackhawks for Center Jeff Taffe, on July 22, 2010.

Position: Center Shoots: Left

2010-2011 Stats: 14G, 18A, +2 rating, 22 PIM

2011-1012 Contract Status: Unrestricted Free Agent

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Review: Jeff Taffe had a fantastic season for the Rochester Americans in 09-10′ scoring 28 goals and helping with 28 more in 61 games, but his success just didn’t translate to the NHL. Unfortunately for Taffe, he is better suited to the American League. After the Panthers traded him to the Blackhawks, he scored 30 goals while recording 37 assists for the Hawks’ affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs. However you look at it, the Panthers made the right deal when they traded for Reasoner. If Taffe had produced for the Panthers, it would be reasonable to say he would have the ability to tally somewhere in the vicinity of 30 points. Reasoner had two previous 30 point seasons in the NHL with Edmonton and Atlanta. If you are a casual fan of the sport, you might come to the conclusion that these players are fairly similar and that the Panthers and Blackhawks were merely swapping Centers. In reality, the Hawks’ needed to drop cap space, and Taffe’s $550,000 compared to Reasoner’s $1.5 million was  ideal for their budget. What worked out in the Panther’s favor is that Reasoner’s best attributes don’t show up in average statistics. This past season, at the age of 34, Reasoner logged his career high ice time at 17 minutes per game. He was a huge factor in improving the Panthers penalty kill, posting a +2 rating this season playing in all 82 games. Reasoner won 54.5 percent of the time in the circle. This led to the Panthers finishing the regular season with the 4th best penalty kill in the NHL. On a side note, much of that credit also belongs to Gord Murphy for coaching the unit so well. Besides his defense, Reasoner packed a surprising offensive punch. He tied his career high with 14 goals, 4 of those were game winners. He held a solid shot percentage the full season, finishing with 11.3 percent. When deciding what grade to give Reasoner, I thought about what happened after the McCabe trade. The Panther’s gave Marty Reasoner an “A” to wear on his jersey, and I think that’s fitting just perfectly.

Overall Grade: A

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