Hours before they took the ice to celebrate the milestone which was captain Vincent Lecavalier‘s 1,000th career NHL game, the Tampa Bay Lightning engineered a trade. In a nice exchange meant to help their minor league teams depth, the Lightning acquired Jean-Francois Jacques from the Florida Panthers for future considerations.
Before you start asking why the Lightning need another forward, it should be noted that Jacques’ been sent directly to the Syracuse Crunch. That actually makes sense because the Crunch recently lost forwards Cory Conacher and Pierre-Cedric Labrie, both of whom made the Lightning roster straight out of training camp.
What should we expect from Jacques? Well, he has some big league experience, playing in 166 games with the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks. In those games, he tallied nine goals, 17 points and nearly 200 penalty minutes. This season, Jacques had five goals, seven points and about 40 penalty minutes while appearing in 24 games with the Panthers minor league affiliate San Antonio Rampage.
To be quite honest, this trade is a good one for the Lightning because Jacques wasn’t likely to ever see NHL time with the Panthers. Meanwhile, the Crunch were looking for a tough, gritty forward that could score while also mentoring the teams rather young guys.
Regardless, this trade was probably only made to help out the Crunch. Don’t expect to see Jacques with the Lightning anytime this season and it honestly wouldn’t surprise me if he was used as trade bait in the future.