Florida Panthers Acquire Nick Tarnasky, Send Wade Belak Packing

Aaron BrenkerCorrespondent INovember 27, 2008

Earlier today the Florida Panthers traded away veteran Wade Belak to the Nashville Predators. The Panthers acquired young forward Nick Tarnasky, and this will most likely not be the last move Jacques Martin will make in the coming weeks.

Belak's leadership will be missed, but when he was not fighting, he did not bring anything to the table. Belak's lack of physicality in his play also hurt his chances of staying with the Panthers.

In acquiring Belak, the Predators bring a tough, veteran presence to their young locker room. If Belak can do what he does best and fight, Nashville will be happy they acquired him.

On the other side, the Panthers bringing in Tarnasky brings to their club a young, hard-working, and physical player that has a bit of potential. Although last season he only tallied 10 points, he is a solid role player who will get in front of the net and pick up a goal or two.

Tarnasky shined brightest last season when he used his physical presence to net two goals against the Florida Panthers. He also scored the game-winning goal in a 10-round shootout against the Washington Capitals last season.

It seems both teams will benefit a little bit from this trade, but I feel the Panthers win this trade, because they acquire a young player with a bit of potential and offensive ability for a guy who was hardly on the ice for them through the first 20 games of the season.