The Montreal Canadiens have acquired the playing/negotiating rights to Brandon-born defenceman Joel Edmundson from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a 2020 fifth round draft selection.
Edmundson, 27, spent the past season with the Carolina Hurricanes after four years with the St. Louis Blues – to which he won the Stanley Cup in the 2018-19 season. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound blueliner had seven goals, 20 points and 72 penalty minutes for the Canes in 68 games last year, before scoring once and adding one penalty in four postseason contests.
The former Moose Jaw Warrior has suited up for 337 total regular season NHL games, in which he has put up 20 goals, 72 points and 320 total penalty minutes. His 53 playoff games have seen six goals, 15 points and 34 penalty minutes.
A pending unrestricted free agent, Edmondson’s rights are now owned by the Canadiens, in hopes of putting pen to paper on a new deal for the coming 2020-21 season and beyond. Edmundson was originally selected 46th overall in the second round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues.