Finally, we’re starting to see some (minor) deals today.
The Edmonton Oilers have acquired Jerred Smithson from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Edmonton’s fourth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. For the Panthers, they obviously don’t appear to be heading to the playoffs this year, and Smithson will be an unrestricted free agent when his two-year contract worth $1.6 million expires after this season. So, they get a mid-round draft pick for a depth player who likely wouldn’t have been back next season.
For the Oilers, they still have a chance at the playoffs, so they figure it’s worth it to give up a mid-round pick in order to add some depth for their playoff push. Smithson is a 34-year-old right-handed shooting forward from Vernon, British Columbia, and is a veteran of 10 NHL seasons, spending time with the Los Angeles Kings and Nashville Predators before coming to Florida last season. Smithson has two goals and three assists to go along with 10 penalty minutes and a minus-4 rating in 35 games this year, and in his career has 38 goals, 57 assists and 352 penalty minutes in 578 NHL games, as well as a pair of goals and assists in 36 playoff games. The Oilers were looking for a fourth-line centre, and Smithson ends up being the guy they get to fill that role.