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Blackhawks acquire Taffe from Florida

The Chicago Blackhawks, parent club of the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, have acquired center Jeff Taffe from the Florida Panthers in exchange for center Marty Reasoner.

Taffe led the Rochester Americans with a career-high 28 goals and finished fourth on the team with 56 points in 61 AHL games last season. He also picked up one goal and one assist in 21 NHL games with Florida.

Over eight professional seasons, Taffe has played 389 career AHL games with Rochester, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, San Antonio, Hartford, Utah and Springfield, totaling 137 goals and 172 assists for 309 points. The two-time AHL All-Star (2003, 2009) also has six goals and 15 assists in 24 Calder Cup Playoff games.

A native of Hastings, Minn., Taffe has appeared in 174 NHL games with Florida, Pittsburgh, the New York Rangers and Phoenix, registering 21 goals and 23 assists. He was a first-round draft choice (30th overall) by St. Louis in 2000.

Reasoner, a former AHL All-Star himself (2000), has played in 624 career National Hockey League contests for St. Louis, Edmonton, Boston and Atlanta, scoring 82 goals with 141 assists and 319 PIM.