Dale Tallon made his first trade deadline move early Friday evening by acquiring veteran forward Jerred Smithson from the Nashville Predators for a sixth round pick. Hardly an earth shattering move, and certainly not the top six forward that we’ve all been salivating for, however Smithson brings a few things that this Florida Panther team needs. Toughness, solid work ethic, sandpaper (otherwise known as grit), and he’s a good faceoff guy. Here’s a comment from Dale that came from the official release by the club:
“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.”
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