The youth movement for the Florida Panthers continued Wednesday the NHL's trade deadline as general manager Dale Tallon announced a handful of moves based on young talent.
In the Panthers' lone trade at the deadline, they sent 34-year-old center Jerred Smithson to the Oilers in exchange for a fourth-round pick in June's draft. Smithson had six points in 51 games this season for Florida.
The team also announced the signed of two draft picks to entry-level contracts.
Florida agreed to terms with 19-year-old defenseman Jonathan Racine (the team's third-round pick in 2011) and 20-year-old center Nick Bjugstad (the team's first-round pick in 2010).
Racine had 21 points in 61 games for Moncton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2012-13.
We are pleased to have signed Jonathan to an entry level deal. He is a hardworking and physical player who is ready to make the transition from juniors to the professional level, Tallon said in a release. We look forward...