MONTREAL - Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Thursday the acquisition of defenseman Todd Simpson from the Chicago Blackhawks in return for a sixth round draft pick in 2006.
In 45 games this season, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Simpson has collected three assists and 116 penalty minutes. His plus/minus rating is at minus-2.
The 32-year-old is completing his 10th season in the National Hockey League. Signed by the Blackhawks as a free agent on August 23, 2005, Simpson started his NHL career in 1995-1996 with the Calgary Flames, where he spent four seasons and held the title of team captain from 1997 until 1999.
The North Vancouver native also played for the Florida Panthers (1999-2001), Phoenix Coyotes (2001-2003), Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2003-04) and Ottawa Senators (2004).
In 574 career games, Simpson has scored 14 goals and collected 63 assists for a total of 77 points. His career plus/minus rating is at plus-13 and he has totaled 1343 penalty minutes. He enjoyed his most productive season in 2001-02 with the Coyotes, when he had two goals, 13 assists, a plus/minus rating of plus-20 and 152 penalty minutes.