A busy day keeps on getting busier as the NHL trade deadline fast approaches.
Not long after they placed defenseman Victor Mete on waivers the Montreal Canadiens announced that they have acquired defenseman Jon Merrill from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for Hayden Verbeek and a 5th round pick.
Merrill does not put up a lot of points only recording 5 assists this season in 36 games with the Red Wings but he does a great job of shutting down others team from scoring. He’s the type of player the Canadiens desperately needed on their back end.
Jon Merrill, acquired by the Canadiens, has quietly been one of the league’s most effective stay-at-home scoring chance-suppressing defencemen in the past two seasons. Was playing 2nd pair minutes for the Wings this year. #GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/lbbAnNxtXe
— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) April 11, 2021
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) April 11, 2021
“Merrill, 29, appeared in 36 games with the Red Wings this season, registering five assists, posting a plus-2 differential, and serving 12 penalty minutes. The 6’03” and 195 lbs defenseman also recorded 35 shots on goal.”
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