Montreal Canadiens’ General Manager Marc Bergevin started his day early, and at the end of it all, he acquired four new depth pieces in an attempt to solidify their roster going into the playoffs.
In the early hours on the East coast, the Canadiens traded for Oilers’ defenceman Jeff Petry in exchange for a 2nd round pick and a conditional 5th round pick in this year’s NHL Entry Draft. The 2nd round pick was acquired by the Habs in the deal earlier this season that saw Daniel Briere traded to the Colorado Avalanche.
The move also spelled the end of Greg Pateryn‘s stay in Montreal, as he was sent back to the Hamilton Bulldogs after the trade was made.
Bergevin’s work continued shortly thereafter, as he traded a 2016 5th round pick for Buffalo Sabres’ forward Brian Flynn. In 54 games with the Sabres this season, Flynn had five goals and 12 assists.
Later in the day, as the 3 PM deadline approached, the Canadiens made another deal to further solidify their roster.
Montreal native Torrey Mitchell was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for prospect Jack Nevins and a 7th round 2015 draft pick.
These three deals, along with the acquisition earlier this week of Devante Smith-Pelly from the Anaheim Ducks for winger Jiri Sekac, has positioned the Canadiens very well going into the Stanley Cup playoffs.