MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens, who were looking to boost their defence and power play, have acquired defenceman Mathieu Schneider in a trade with the Atlanta Thrashers.
The Habs are sending second-and third-round draft picks to the Thrashers for the 39-year-old.
Schneider began his career with Montreal from 1989-90 to 1994-95 and played on the Canadiens' last Stanley Cup team in 1993.
He has since played for the New York Islanders, Toronto, the New York Rangers, Los Angeles, Detroit, Anaheim and Atlanta.
He has four goals and 11 assists in 44 games this season.
"We were looking for a defenceman who could contribute offensively," GM Bob Gainey said in a release. "Mathieu, an experienced player with a lot of offensive upside, will bring depth to our core group of defencemen and will be an asset on our power play."