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Born February 19, 1981(1981-02-19),
Hastings, Minnesota
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Florida Panthers
New York Rangers
Phoenix Coyotes
Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft 30th overall, 2000
St. Louis Blues
Career 2002 – present

Jeff Taffe (born February 19, 1981, in Hastings, Minnesota) is a center for the Florida Panthers organization. He was drafted in the first round, 30th overall, by the St. Louis Blues in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

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Playing career

After playing three seasons with the University of Minnesota, during which the Blues traded his rights to the Phoenix Coyotes in a deal involving Keith Tkachuk, Taffe made his professional debut with Coyotes' American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, in the 2002–03 season. He also appeared in 20 NHL games with the Coyotes that same season, scoring three goals.

Taffe appeared in 82 games over parts of three seasons with the Coyotes before being traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for Jamie Lundmark during the 2005–06 season. He appeared in two games with the Rangers that season, before being traded back to Phoenix later in the season in exchange for Martin Sonnenberg.

After beginning the 2007–08 season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Taffe was recalled to fill a spot in the roster and has since contributed to the Pittsburgh Penguins fourth line. He remained on the team as a healthy scratch in the playoffs that year as Adam Hall was favored to fill Taffe's fourth line position.

Taffe played a handful of games during the 2008–09 NHL season mainly on a recall only basis and did not permanently stay with the NHL club. He played in Wilkes-Barre for the remainder of the AHL regular season and playoffs. After Wilkes-Barre was eliminated from the AHL playoffs, Taffe was recalled for the Pittsburgh Penguins playoff run and eventual 2009 Stanley Cup Championship. He was on the practice squad but did not play in any games however. His name was not included on the Stanley Cup due to this fact. However, Taffe and a number of other Wilkes-Barre players and healthy scratches took part in the on-ice Stanley Cup celebration and team photo.

Taffe signed a two year, two-way deal worth $1 million ($500,000 per year) with the Florida Panthers on July 3, 2009[1]

Awards

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Regular Season Statistics

Season          Team                    Lge GP  G   A   Pts PIM
1998-99 Rochester Mustangs  USHL    17  12  9   21  26
1999-00 U. of Minnesota         NCAA    39  10  10  20  22
2000-01 U. of Minnesota         NCAA    38  12  23  35  56
2001-02 U. of Minnesota         NCAA    43  34  24  58  86
2002-03 Springfield Falcons AHL 57  23  26  49  44
2002-03 Phoenix Coyotes         NHL 20  3   1   4   4
2003-04 Springfield Falcons AHL 15  10  6   16  19
2003-04 Phoenix Coyotes         NHL 59  8   10  18  20
2004-05 Utah Grizzlies          AHL 27  9   10  19  35
2005-06 Phoenix Coyotes         NHL 2   0   0   0   0
2005-06 New York Rangers    NHL 2   0   0   0   0
2005-06 Hartford Wolf Pack  AHL 36  6   16  22  34
2005-06 San Antonio Rampage AHL 33  5   6   11  29
2006-07 San Antonio Rampage AHL 59  20  20  40  22
2006-07 Phoenix Coyotes         NHL 17  4   2   6   2
2007-08 WBS Penguins            AHL 27  11  10  21  22
2007-08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 45  5   7   12  8
2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 8   0   2   2   2
2008-09 WBS Penguins            AHL 74  25  50  75  65

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Preceded by
Johnny Pohl
Minnesota Mr. Hockey
1998–99 season
Succeeded by
Paul Martin
Preceded by
Barret Jackman
St. Louis Blues first round draft pick
2000
Succeeded by
Shawn Belle

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