NHL Trade Deadline: Montreal Canadiens Acquire Jordie Benn From Dallas Stars

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General manager Marc Bergevin is typically known for making rather large moves at times such as these and with just about 48 hours left to go, he did just that, having landed a deal that will be sure to help.

That to be said, the Montreal Canadiens have acquired defensemen Jordie Benn from the Dallas Stars in exchange for defensemen Greg Pateryn and a fourth round draft pick in the 2017 NHL draft.

Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca was first to report the agreement between the two sides, meanwhile, Gino Reda of TSN.ca confirmed the deal a short time later, followed by a club announcement to make the transaction official.

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Benn joins an organization of which has desperately been seeking any upgrade really as they have even been attempting to break their continuous loss streak while under the management of head coach Claude Julien who they currently own a 2–2–0 record under.

Taking a look at his stats thus far into the 2016–17 season, Benn, brother of Jamie, has scored just two goals to go alongside 13 assists in a total of 58 games played. the 29-year-old also owns a rating of minus-3.

Benn, who weighs in at 6-foot-2, 200-pounds, has put together a total of 24 penalty minutes while owning totals of 2–13–15.

Benn, a Victoria, BC native, agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension dating back to June of 2016, which has him earning a salary of $3.3 million.

As for his career totals, Benn has appeared in a total of 302 games at the National Hockey League level where he has scored 11 goals to go alongisde 60 assists.

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In a statement from Stars general manager Jim Nill, he mentioned the fact that the trade came together rather quickly with the Canadiens who called this morning with several proposals.

Nill also said that he knew there was a chance of potentially loosing Benn as a result of the expansion draft, which did play a factor in his final decision.

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Switching sides to review what Dallas has picked up, Pateryn, 26, has appered in only 24 games, however, this is due to an absence in which took place in order to heal an ankle injury, suffered back on December 6 at Scottrade Center against the St. Louis Blues. The list does include Saturday night’s matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs where they recorded the 3–2 victory which was won in overtime at the Air Canada Centre.

On the ice, he has scored one goal to go alongside five assists. Most recently, Pateryn has sat for fourteen straight games while listed by the club as a healthy scratch. Taking a look at his overall contract, Pateryn, a Sterling Heights, Mich., native, is signed through the 2017–18 season with an annual cap hit of $800,000.

As far as his career statistics are concerned, Pateryn has scored just two goals to go alongside 11 assists in a total of 82 career NHL games.

As noted by Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette, Pateryn did take part in Monday’s morning skate at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, as he had not been made aware of conversations progressing, therefore, he had been getting ready for a game in which would face off against the Devils.

Frank Seravalli of TSN.ca recently reported that Pateryn had been placed on the trade market after being made aware of remarks made by his wife, Stefani, who lashed out over social media with regards to his playing time, in hopes that he would be acknoledged by Claude Julien, just a day after Michel Therrien had been relieved of his duties.

In a statement from Bergevin with regards to the deal, he said, “In Jordie Benn, we get an experienced NHL defensemen, and a player who will solidify our defensive group. While providing stability in our end, he can also contribute offensively. Greg Pateryn has been a good contributor to our team and I wish him the best of luck in the Stars’ organization.”

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In other news from around the league, the Minnesota Wild have traded Teemu Pulkkinen to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for future considerations.

Michael Russo of the Star Tribune was first to report the agreement which was confirmed by the club just minutes later. This deal comes about just a night after having acquired Martin Hanzal and Ryan White from the Coyotes, both making their team debuts at the Xcel Energy Center tonight in St.Paul.

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Just a short time after this deal had been announced, Bob McKenzie of TSN.ca reported that the Tampa Bay Lightning were working on a deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs which would involve veteran defensemen Brian Boyle.

Not long after the initial report, McKenzie noted that if all goes through with no unexpected issues suddenly arising, that Boyle would likely join the team for Tuesday night’s game against the San Jose Sharks when the team makes a visit to SAP Arena.

Within twenty minutes of finalizations, the Maple Leafs officially announced the acquisition of the 32-year-old forward in exchange for Byron Froese and a 2nd round pick in the 2017 NHL draft.

As noted by Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.ca, Boyle was awoken from his pregame nap when he was told to pack up and head somewhere else.

After learning of the trade he figured was coming, Boyle took a minute to bid his teammates adieu, “I’m going to miss my buddies, we had two pretty good runs in Tampa.”

In terms of Tampa’s overall plans for the seaosn of which was highly anticipated, Boyle said, “It’s disappointing with Tampa because there were expectations for this season that weren’t met.”

When asked about bringing his experience south to Toronto, the veteran said he’s excited to play alongside Auston Matthews, share by a remark about the club’s current roster, “They have some unbelievable players.”

While taling about his past visits to Toronto, Boyle said, “Playing there as a visitor is always tremendously exciting … always a buzz around the city for the game.”

He would conclude by saying that he has a lot of motivation to prove Leafs management was right in trading for him.

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In most recent news surrounding the Ottawa Senators, the club has acquired Alexandre Burrows from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for prospect centerman Jonathan Dahlen.

Aaron Ward of TSN.ca was first to report the agreement between the two sides, who also mentioned that he signed a contract extension for the next two years worth a total value of $2.25 million.

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun later reported Ottawa’s return for the 35-year-old winger, who played a key role in the development of Bo Horvat.

An official team announcement has been made since as the club was getting ready to take to the ice at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay for an evening affair against the Lightning.

In a statement from Canucks general manager Jim Benning regarding the trade, he said, “Burrows has been the heart and soul of this franchise. It’s been a tough day.”

He also mentioned that discussions with Ottawa have been going on for three or four days prior to Burrows informing Benning this morning that he accepted the deal.

As far as their focus goes with Jonathan Dahlen, he said, “We’ve had our eye on Jonathan Dahlen. He’s got a good nose for the net and he’ll pay the price to get there.”

Benning also said, “We’re going to try to sign Jonathan Dahlen this summer and bring him over. He may need some seasoning in the AHL.”

Finally, while talking about what may still be coming, Benning said, “I’m not done for the day. I have some calls to make and if deals make sense for us, we’re going to do them.”

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Turning our focus back towards the Canadiens, head coach Claude Julien has confirmed that Carey Price would get the night off from between the pipes, meaning veteran goaltender Al Montoya would receive the nod against the New Jersey Devils with puck drop falling at 7:00pm ET.

The game can be seen on Sportsnet East and RDS, meanwhile, it can be heard on TSN Radio 690.