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Canadiens claim Traverse off waivers

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

Patrick Traverse will be making his second tour of duty in Montreal, after being claimed off waivers from the San Jose Sharks.


MONTREAL - Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Thursday the acquisition of defenseman Patrick Traverse, claimed off waivers from the San Jose Sharks.

Traverse, 32, is returning to the Canadiens' organization, where he played from 2001 through 2003. In 109 games with the Canadiens, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound defenseman collected 23 points (4-19-23) and 48 penalty minutes. The Canadiens acquired him from the Boston Bruins on February 21, 2001, in return for defenseman Eric Weinrich.

Traverse, a native of Montreal, started his NHL career during the 1995-96 season with the Ottawa Senators, for whom he also played from 1998 through 2000. He started the 2000-01 season with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim before being traded to the Boston Bruins, with Samuel Pahlsson, in return for Andrei Nazarov, on November 18, 2000.

Signed as a free agent by Dallas on September 9, 2004, Traverse played one game with the Stars in 2005-06 and was held off the scoresheet. He also took part in 40 games with the Iowa Stars, in the AHL, where he registered 24 points, including three goals. Through his NHL career, Traverse has totaled 65 points, including 14 goals, and 113 penalty minutes in 279 games.

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