Thursday, July 22, 2010

Jeff Taffe

We have to say goodbye to Reasoner. Ya know, Marty...
Yeah, this goodbye isn't going to be too hard.

Reasoner was traded to the Panthers for Jeff Taffe (center). It's not only going to be easy to like this deal because we didn't know him, but it clears up cap space. As Blackhawks fans we love cap space. No matter how small it is. Marty was worth 1.5 million a year, while Taffe is only 500k a year.

Taffe:

"Originally selected by the St. Louis Blues in the first round (30th overall) of the 2000 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Taffe has registered 21 goals and 23 assists in 174 career regular-season NHL contests over parts of seven seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes (2002-04, 2005, 2006-07), New York Rangers (2005), Pittsburgh Penguins (2007-09) and Florida (2009-10). Taffe has also notched 309 points (137G, 172A) in 389 regular-season games in the AHL with Springfield, Utah, Hartford, San Antonio, Wilkes-Barre and Rochester, as well as 21 points (6G, 15A) in 24 career AHL postseason tilts." (source)

He's a nice guy and a fighter:



Now Niemi's arbitration date is around the corner (july 29th), so is the convention (july 30th). I couldn't think of a more perfect time to announce some kind of signing.

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