Biron heads to Montreal, Traverse to San Jose

Updated: December 15, 2006, 2:17 PM ET

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens on Friday acquired defenseman Mathieu Biron from the San Jose Sharks for defenseman Patrick Traverse.

Patrick Traverse

Mathieu Biron

Neither player has appeared in the NHL this season.

Biron, 26, played in 52 games with the Washington Capitals last season, scoring four goals and 13 points.

A first-round draft selection in 1998, the 6-6 Biron has 12 goals and 32 assists in parts of six seasons with Washington, Florida, Tampa Bay and the New York Islanders.

Traverse, 32, played in just one game with the Dallas Stars last season. He has 14 tallies and 51 assists in 279 career games over parts of seven seasons with Dallas, Montreal, Anaheim, Boston and Ottawa.