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Canadiens acquire defenseman Mathieu Biron

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens announced Friday the acquisition of defenseman Mathieu Biron from the San Jose Sharks, in return for defenseman Patrick Traverse.

Biron, 26, has played six full seasons in the National Hockey League with the New York Islanders (1999 to 2001), the Tampa Bay Lightning (2001-02), the Florida Panthers (2002-04) and the Washington Capitals (2005-06). In 253 career regular season games, the 6'6'', 230-pound defenseman scored 12 goals and added 32 assists for a total of 44 points, with 177 penalty minutes.

Biron, a native of Lac St-Charles, Quebec, was a Los Angeles Kings 1st round pick (21st overall) in 1998. This season, he was playing for the Worcester Sharks, the San Jose Sharks farm team in the AHL, after signing with San Jose as a free agent on August 9, 2006. In 24 games with Worcester, Biron held 4th place in team scoring with 3 goals and 15 assists (3-15-18). He totaled 42 penalty minutes and posted a +7 plus/minus rating.

Acquired through waivers from San Jose on September 28, 2006, Traverse, 32, collected 1 goal and 4 assists (1-4-5) in 26 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs this season. He showed a +2 plus/minus rating and totaled 10 penalty minutes.

Mathieu Biron will report to the Hamilton Bulldogs today.

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