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Lightning Acquire Forward from the Panthers

Early on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Tampa Bay Lightning decided they would not take the day off, acquiring forward Jean-Francois Jacques from the Florida Panthers.

It is not yet known who/what the Panthers will receive in return.

Jacques adds to the thirteen currently rostered forwards on the Bolts and creates even more depth at the position.

A second-round draft pick to the Edmonton Oilers in 2003, Jacques, 28, has only played in 166 games in his career, tallying nine goals and eight assists.

At 6-3, 231 pounds, he could provide a large presence on a back line and maybe instigate a few fights but do not expect to hear his name called much.

Jacques is not an impact player and I would venture to guess he will be a healthy scratch more often than not.

Jean-Francois Jacques, Mike Brown
Jean-Francois Jacques (22) misses with a right hand while fighting Vancouver Canucks’ Mike Brown during the second period of pre-season NHL action in Vancouver, Canada, Thursday, September 20, 2007.
(AP Photo/Richard Lam,THE CANADIAN PRESS)

What should be interesting is seeing what the Panthers get in return.

Stay tuned to HOHM or follow me on Twitter @GainesTaylor for updates.

Taylor Gaines
Tampa Bay Lightning fan pursuing a career as a journalist at the University of Florida.
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