In a pure salary-dump move by cap-squeezed Chicago, the Blackhawks have traded veteran center Marty Reasoner to the Panthers in exchange for left wing Jeff Taffe on Thursday.
33-year old Reasoner, a first round pick of the Blues in 1996, has scored 223 points (82 goals) in 624 NHL games in primarly a supporting cast role; his best season came in 2002-03 with Edmonton, notching 31 points. He nearly matched that with Atlanta in '08-'09 with 30, while accumulating 17 (4 goals) in a down year last season.
He was a member of the recent CHI/ATL Dustin Byfulien-headlining trade, and has one year remaining on his current contract with a $1.15M cap hit (courtesy CapGeek).
Taffe, 29, has spent much of his career bouncing between the NHL and American League, collecting 2 points (1 goal) in 21 games with Florida while lighting it up for Rochester with 56 points (28 goals) in 61 games as a member of the Americans in 2009-10. He has one year remaining at $0.55M.
So...where exactly does Reasoner fit in? An improvement over Kreps or Campbell? Certainly takes some heat off of Shawn Matthias, but was that the intention?
UPDATE: Official release here.