Many were expecting the Montreal Canadiens to be among the more active teams heading into Wednesday’s trade deadline. Those predictions proved incorrect, as the actual deadline day brought silence on the Montreal front.
That doesn’t mean that they weren’t trying to make moves behind the scenes, they just failed to pull the trigger on a deal. Which means that the lone acquisition of the trading season for the Habs turned out to be veteran defenseman Davis Drewiske.
The Habs had dealt for Michael Ryder several weeks ago, but the actual trading season is its own animal. And during this little stretch where teams are often wheeling and dealing, the Canadiens came out with only Drewiske.
Montreal had been looking to add some depth on their blue line in recent weeks, mostly due to some injuries that they’ve sustained to their defensive corps. The last couple weeks have featured several call ups and send downs of young defensemen, but Drewiske brings some stability in that department.
He wasn’t cracking the lineup regularly with the Los Angeles Kings and is a nice depth defenseman for the Habs, though he’s not the type of guy that’s going to bring a major impact to the club. He’ll add some minutes on the power play as well.
Drewiske’s an unrestricted free agent this summer and only carries a cap hit of $600k. Given the fact that they only surrendered a fifth round pick in order to acquire him, this is a nice low-risk move for Marc Bergevin and the Habs.