SUNRISE - Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced Friday that the team acquired defenseman Brett Festerling and a fifth round pick in 2012 from the Anaheim Ducks, in return for Maxim Lapierre. Festerling is scheduled to join the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs.
Festerling, 24, was held pointless in one game with the Ducks this season. The 6’01” and 210 lbs defenseman registered eight assists in 83 games since he first joined the NHL back in 2008-09. In 32 games with the AHL Syracuse Crunch this season, Festerling has amassed 12 points (three goals, nine assists), with 41 penalty minutes and 48 shots on goal. Two of his tallies were on the power play.
Festerling played his junior hockey with the Tri-City Americans and the Vancouver Giants in the Western Hockey League between 2001 and 2007. He registered 69 points (15 goals, 54 helpers) in 314 games, leading the Giants to the President Cup and to the Memorial Cup in 2006, as their team captain.
A native of Prince George, BC, Festerling signed with the Ducks as a free agent on September 14, 2005.
Maxim Lapierre registered eight points (five goals, three assists) in 38 games with the Canadiens this season. He served 63 penalty minutes and was credited with 104 hits, with an average time on ice of 11 minutes and 41 seconds.
Since he first joined the NHL, Lapierre has amassed 80 points (40 goals and 40 helpers) and served 284 penalty minutes in 293 NHL regular season games with the Canadiens.SEE ALSO:Canadiens recall David Desharnais from Hamilton Meet the new guy Habs fall in Tampa Habs prospects shine at WJC