Sabres send Deslauriers to Montreal

October 4, 2017

The Buffalo Sabres open up the 2017-18 season on Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens, but not before the two teams swing a minor trade on Wednesday.

Buffalo has traded veteran winger Nicolas Deslauriers to the Canadiens in exchange for right-handed defenseman Zach Redmond.

Deslauriers, 26, has spent parts of the last four seasons with the Sabres after being acquired from the Los Angeles Kings on March 5, 2014. In 211 games with the Sabres, Deslauriers scored 12 goals and 30 points.

Deslauriers was assigned to the Rochester Americans on Sunday after clearing waivers. He will report to to Montreal's AHL affiliate, the Laval Rocket.

Redmond, 29, was originally drafted in the seventh round of the 2008 NHL Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers. He has appeared in 130 NHL games since the 2012-13 season, scoring four goals and 18 points. Last season, Redmond split time with Montreal and St. John's while dealing with injuries.

Redmond will report to the Americans to add to a defense corps that already includes Nathan Paetsch, Taylor Fedun, Casey Nelson, and Brendan Guhle among others. The Amerks will open their season on Friday when they host the Syracuse Crunch at Blue Cross Arena.