Some breaking news from the Montreal Canadiens today as they just announced a trade with the Carolina Panthers.

The Canadiens and general manager Marc Bergevin announced that they've acquired defenseman Joel Edmundson from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange of a 5th round pick.

It's an interesting trade as Edmundson is set to become a UFA this offseason so this will give the Canadiens a jump on trying to negotiate with him. 

From the press release:

"Edmundson, 27, suited up for 68 games with Carolina last season, recording seven goals and 13 assists in addition to posting a +7 differential. The 6'04'' and 216 lbs left-handed defenseman also served 72 penalty minutes. He added one goal in four playoff contests with the Hurricanes this year.

In five seasons in the National Hockey League with the St. Louis Blues and the Hurricanes, Edmundson amassed 72 points (20 goals, 52 assists) in 337 regular season games while serving 320 penalty minutes and posting a + 25 differential. He has 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in 53 playoff games, notably helping the St. Louis Blues hoist the Stanley Cup at the end of the 2018-19 season."

Bergevin will likely be able to get him under contract and shore up the team's depth. 

This could be another indication that Victor Mete's time is running out.