Brent Sopel traded to Montreal

Updated: February 25, 2011, 12:50 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

The Montreal Canadiens announced they have acquired veteran defenseman Brent Sopel and forward Nigel Dawes from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for minor league prospect Ben Maxwell and a fourth-round pick in this June's draft.

Sopel, an 11-year veteran, has two goals, five assists and a plus-minus rating of plus-7 in 59 games this season. He was in his first season in Atlanta after three seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Sopel, 34, is earning $2 million this season and ...

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