Canadiens Trade Linden, Zubrus
MONTREAL (AP) _ The Montreal Canadiens took another step in their rebuilding process Tuesday when they sent Trevor Linden, Dainius Zubrus and a first-round draft pick to the Washington Capitals.
In exchange, Montreal received young forwards Jan Bulis and Richard Zednik and a second-round draft pick.
Montreal will miss the playoffs for the third straight season, the first time that’s happened since the 1920s.
Linden, an assistant captain with the Habs, had 12 goals, 21 assists and 52 penalty minutes in 57 games this season. The 30-year-old had garnered interest from Dallas as well.
In Linden, the Stanley Cup-contending Capitals acquire a playoff-savvy center with plenty of leadership.
Zubrus, who showed promise early on when acquired from Philadelphia for Mark Recchi in March 1999, has been a disappointment this season. The 22-year-old winger has 12 goals and 12 assists in 49 games.
Zednik, 25, and Bulis, 22, are both blessed with blinding speed and soft hands. Zednik had 16 goals and 19 assists in 62 games this season while Bulis was limited to five goals and 13 assists in only 39 games.
The Canadiens sent veteran defenceman Eric Weinrich to Boston last month for defenseman Patrick Traverse.
Goaltender Jeff Hackett was also expected to be traded by Tuesday’s deadline but a hand injury removed any interest from other NHL clubs.