By: Adam Gretz
For the first time in a quite a while the Florida Panthers are in a position to add players at the trade deadline, and on Friday evening they announced that they have acquired forward Jerred Smithson from the Nashville Predators in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick.
Smithson, 33 has appeared in 53 games for the Predators this season scoring one goal to go with four assists, and gives the Panthers another veteran presence that can play some tough minutes on the penalty kill and win some faceoffs, which is pretty much the message general Dale Tallon passed along in a team statement.
“Jerred is a hard working, responsible, veteran player who plays well at both ends of the ice,” said Tallon. “He is a very good penalty killer, who has consistently ranked among his team’s leaders in face-off win percentage."
Smithson has won over 55 percent of his draws this season and has been over 52 percent every season since 2005-06. He's spent the past seven years with the Predators organization and for his career has 36 goals to go with 56 assists.
He is signed through the end of next season at a salary cap rate of $800,000.
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