Habs get D Benn from Stars for Pateryn, pick

In exchange, the Stars have acquired fellow defenseman Greg Pateryn in addition to a 2017 fourth-round draft pick.

Pateryn, 26, has recorded six points (1-5=6) in 24 games played this season for Montreal. Benn has spent the last six seasons in Dallas playing alongside his younger brother, Jamie, who is the Stars' captain. In 302 career games - after never being selected at the NHL Draft - Benn has 11-60-71 totals and 119 penalty minutes. In 58 games this season, he has two goals and 13 assists while averaging 18:37 of ice time per game.

Stars General Manager Jim Nill continues to trade away pieces ahead of the March 1 National Hockey League trade deadline. In 82 career games with Montreal, Pateryn has two goals and 11 assists with an ATOI of 14:57. He appeared in seven playoff contests in 2015, producing three assists.

On the other hand, the aforementioned Pateryn is a 26-year-old defenseman, who spent his entire National Hockey League career in Montreal prior to Monday afternoon's trade.

Dallas general manager Jim Nill calls Pateryn a solid defender with a physical presence who brings size and a right-handed shot.

Pateryn is a free agent following the season, while Benn still has another year left on his contract. The savings aren't very significant, but it is still important to note that there will be no salary retained in this deal, which puts the Canadiens on the hook for one more years worth of salary, as reported by Pierre LeBrun.

  • Julie Sanders