The Buffalo Sabres added some depth to the blueline in Rochester on Wednesday, acquiring defenseman Zach Redmond from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for winger Nicolas Deslauriers. Redmond will report to the Amerks, who open their season at home Friday night against Syracuse.
The 6-foot-2 Redmond, who is 29 years old, had five assists in 16 games last year for the Canadiens and four goals, 14 assists in 26 games at St. John's of the AHL.
A former seventh-round pick of Atlanta in 2008, Redmond has appeared in 130 NHL games over five seasons with Montreal, Colorado and Winnipeg, posting nine goals and 29 assists. He has 29 goals and 100 points in 190 career AHL games.
Deslauriers had no goals and two assists for the Sabres in 42 games last season and had just cleared waivers to head to Rochester. He played 211 games for the Sabres the last four years since being acquired in a 2014 trade with Los Angeles, collecting 12 goals, 18 assists and 186 penalty minutes.