MONTREAL – Count on Brian Flynn to bring some solid depth to the Canadiens down the stretch.
Plus, while the 26-year-old forward’s 159 games of NHL experience may have all come with the Sabres, he already knows a thing or two about the Habs.
“I’ll definitely miss the guys here, but I know it’s a good group of guys there because Gorgy [Josh Gorges] and Gio [Brian Gionta] came from there. They had nothing but good things to say [about Montreal] so I’m excited about where I’m at right now," admitted Flynn moments after getting confirmation of the trade.
Sitting in last place league-wide with a Buffalo team on the cusp of a rebuild, the move meanwhile only came as so much of a surprise to the six-foot-one, 180-pounder, especially given his status as a pending restricted free agent.
"I knew it was a possibility,” explained the Lynnfield, MA native. “Tim Murray’s been pretty clear that anyone who’s a restricted or unrestricted free agent this year would be up for grabs. It was still surprising to get the call because it still doesn’t really sink in, I don’t think, until right after.”
The swap in the standings however, might not be the only change the University of Maine product, who has registered 17 points in 54 games this season, is anticipating as he gets set to arrive in a stacked Montreal dressing room.
"I obviously don’t expect to go there and play the 20 minutes a night that I’ve been playing here. They’ve got a really deep lineup, a lot of good forwards, and a lot of guys who can score,” insisted Flynn, who has nevertheless played an average of two minutes per game while down a man this season. “If I do play more of a defensive role or kill some penalties and things like that – whatever I can do to help the team win – then that’s what I’m going to do."
Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Steven Nechay.
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