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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.

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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