Mike Weaver headed to Canadiens in exchange for draft pick

Mike Weaver is headed to the Canadiens. (USATSI)
Mike Weaver is headed to the Canadiens. (USATSI)

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The Montreal Canadiens have acquired veteran defenseman Mike Weaver from the Florida Panthers in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2015.  The 35-year-old is a solid shutdown defenseman who is on the last year of a two-year, $2.2 million contract.

It’s a small deal, but it helps the Habs slightly upgrade their blue line, which has really struggled of late. It’s also a small price to pay for Montreal to nab a guy that’s played 18-plus minutes a night.

Weaver will probably take away some minutes from Douglas Murray who has not been very good and puts less pressure on Montreal’s young players like Jarred Tinordi to play a big role right now.

Will this trade make a huge impact? Probably not, but it helps the Habs and allows the Panthers to get a little something in return for a guy who they weren't re-signing anyway.

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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