Habs acquire Deslauriers, Baun

The Montreal Canadiens have used the National Hockey League’s opening day to make two minor trades. Both deals – with the Buffalo Sabres and Chicago Blackhawks are meant to help the Laval Rocket, Montreal’s American Hockey League affiliate.

Earlier on in the day, the Habs dealt Zach Redmond to the Sabres in exchange for Nicolas Deslauriers. Immediately after the deal became official, the Canadiens announced that Deslauriers would report to Laval.

 

Deslauriers, from LaSalle, Quebec, is a 26-year old winger who plays on both the left and right sides. In 2009, he was the 84th overall selection in the draft by the Los Angeles Kings.

Less than a year later, Deslauriers was traded to the Sabres in a multi-player deal. He has only played five games with their AHL-affiliate Rochester Americans but has played 211 games with Buffalo, where he made his NHL debut.

In his NHL career, the winger has recorded 12 goals and 18 assists for 30 points.

Redmond signed with the Canadiens as a free agent on July 1, 2016. In his one year with the Canadiens organization, Redmond played 16 games for Montreal and 26 games in the AHL with St. John’s.

 

Kyle Baun is a 25-year old right wing who went undrafted, but made his way into the Chicago Blackhawks organization to begin his professional hockey career. Since the 2014-15 season, the 6’2″ forward has no points in five NHL games for the Blackhawks and 43 points in 117 AHL games for the Rockford IceHogs.

Baun’s grandfather – Bob Baun, had a 964 game NHL career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Oakland Seals and Detroit Red Wings.

In order to acquire Baun, the Canadiens sent Andreas Martinsen packing to Chicago.

Martinsen, a 27-year old forward, came to Montreal at the 2017 NHL trade deadline in exchange for Sven Andrighetto. Martinsen played nine regular season games and two playoff games for Montreal without recording a point.

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