The adventure of David Desharnais with the Montreal Canadiens is over.
The Montreal organization announced that the center player was traded to the Edmonton Oilers for defender Brandon Davidson.
The announcement came as the second half of the game between the Habs and the Columbus Blue Jackets began at the Bell Center. Desharnais was one of the three players left behind, with Sven Andrighetto and defender Nikita Nesterov.
Desharnais, who was signed by the Canadiens as a free agent on November 5, 2008, has participated in 435 regular season games with the Habs since its debut during the 2009-2010 season, scoring 250 points including 79 goals. He added three goals and ten assists in 38 games in the playoffs.
This season, Desharnais only took part in 31 games and scored ten points, including four goals. Excluding Tuesday’s meeting, Desharnais had been left out of seven of the last 11 games of the Canadian. He also missed 24 games due to a knee injury between December 8 and January 26.
As for Davidson, a 25-year-old left-handed defender, he played 28 games with the Oilers and was awarded a helping hand. In his career in the National League, he has five goals and eight assists in 91 games.
Davidson, a six-foot-two, 210-pound, native of Lethbridge, Alberta, was a sixth-round pick from the Oilers in 2010.
He is the third left-handed defender to join the Canadian in a month, after Nestorov at the end of January, and Jordan Benn, acquired on Monday from the Dallas Stars.