MONTREAL - General manager Marc Bergevin announced on Monday that the team has acquired defenseman Jordie Benn from the Dallas Stars in return for defenseman Greg Pateryn and a fourth-round pick in 2017.
"In Jordie Benn, we get an experienced NHL defenseman, and a player who will solidify our defensive group. While providing stability in our end, he can also contribute offensively. Greg Pateryn has been a good contributor to our team and I wish him the best of luck with the Stars' organization," said Bergevin.
Benn, 29, played in 58 of the Stars' 62 games thus far this season. He recorded 15 points (2 goals, 13 assists), 24 penalty minutes and 113 blocked shots, while playing an average of 18:36 per game.
Benn has played a total of 302 career NHL regular season games since his debut in 2011-12. He has registered 71 points (11 goals, 60 assists), with a +7 differential and 119 penalty minutes. He added eight goals with the man advantage and two game-winning goals. The 6'2'' and 200 lbs defenseman added three assists and six penalty minutes in seven career playoff contests.
A native of Victoria, British Columbia, Benn first joined the Stars as a free agent on July 1, 2011.
Benn will wear the number 8 with the Canadiens.
Acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs by the Canadiens on July 3, 2007, Pateryn has appeared in 24 games in 2016-17, registering six points (1 goal, 5 assists). He played a total of 82 regular season games since making his NHL debut with the Canadiens in 2012-13, recording 13 career points (2 goals, 11 assists) and serving 59 penalty minutes. Pateryn registered three assists in seven career playoff games.