Matt Taormina, D

Shoots: L

Height: 5-10

Weight: 185

Born: 1986-10-20

Hometown: Warren, MI

Drafted: Free Agent Signed










March 2014 - NHL Trade Deadline: Matt Taormina has been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets along with Dana Tyrell for forwards Dalton Smith and Jonathan Marchessault. Brendan Ross


February 2014 - The undersized, veteran defenseman had a brief visit with Tampa Bay earlier this season due to injuries and failed to impress. Taormina noticeably looked out of place at times as he struggled with the bigger, faster forwards in the NHL. In the AHL, Taormina has been a key member for Syracuse, ranking second on the team among defensemen with 15 points in 30 games but isn't a reliable NHL option at this time. Randy Buschmann


June 2013 – As expected, Taormina spend most of the season in the AHL, but did receive a two game recall for injuries. He finished the regular season with 24 points in 55 games. But has caught fire in the post season with nine points in 12 games and a positive 15 rating leading the team to the Calder Cup final. He is a UFA heading into the offseason, but should garner interest as a cheap depth option. Jason Banks


July 2012 – Taormina has recently signed in Tampa and has joined a logjam of fringe defensemen. Unfortunately he is the odd man out in a group that includes: Brendan Mikkelson, Keith Aulie, Even Oberg, Mark Barberio and Radko Gudas as he does not stand out above any (especially at five foot nine). He will likely become the AHL veteran used to supply offence in Syracuse as Tampa prospects will try and defend the Calder Cup. Jason Banks


December 2011 – Was recalled by the Devils and picked up a point in the first two games…When the Devils acquired Kurtis Foster, the premium ice time went away…Great vision and hockey sense, but lacks size and strength. Thus, he needs a role as a PP quarterback or he won’t thrive. Dobber


Outlook: D+

Depth defenseman with little to no fantasy value.





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