Mar 17, 2012; St. Paul, MN, USA; North Dakota Fighting Sioux defenseman Derek Forbort (4), forward Danny Kristo (7) and forward Michael Parks (15) celebrate following the game against the Denver Pioneers at the Xcel Energy Center. North Dakota defeated Denver 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens Trade Danny Kristo For Christian Thomas

The Montreal Canadiens have dealt former second round pick Danny Kristo to the New York Rangers, receiving winger Christian Thomas in return.

Kristo had just finished his Seniot season at the University of North Dakota, where he piled up 26 goals and 52 points in his 40 game Senior season. Kristo turned pro following the end of North Dakota’s season and scored three assists in nine games with the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Thomas, the son of former NHL winger Steve “Stumpy” Tomas, was also a second round selection, picked 40thoverall by the Rangers in 2010. Following four high scoring seasons with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League, Thomas scored 19 goals and 16 assists in 73 games this past season with the Connecticut Whale, his first in the American Hockey League.

Mar 17, 2012; St. Paul, MN, USA; Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Thomas is slightly smaller than Kristo, but is a very talented player, scoring 54 goals and 96 points in one Junior season.

Kristo had worn out his welcome with Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin due to his underwhelming work ethic and a series of off ice disciplinary issues that called his character into question.

This trade shows that Bergevin is standing by his statements, that the Canadiens are going to be a team full of character, work ethic and nothing less will be acceptable.

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