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Canadiens Notebook: Habs acquire centre Nate Thompson from L.A. Kings

Canadiens Notebook: Habs acquire centre Nate Thompson from L.A. Kings
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Thompson, 34, played 53 games with the Kings this season, posting 4-2-6 totals and a plus-3 with 17 penalty minutes while averaging 12:55 of ice time. The 6-foot-1, 207-pound centre also won 53.1 per cent of his faceoffs and should slot in on the Canadiens’ fourth line. The 34-year-old is in the final season of a two-year, US$3.3-million contract with a $1.65 million salary-cap hit.

On Saturday, Bergevin acquired forward Dale Weise and defenceman Christian Folin from the Philadelhia Flyers in exchange for defenceman David Schlemko and forward Byron Froese, who were both playing with the AHL’s Laval Rocket. Weise was assigned to the Rocket, but his stay there didn’t last long.

Weise practised with the Rocket Monday morning, but was called up by the Canadiens just after noon with the Canadiens also announcing that Kenny Agostino had been claimed on NHL waivers by the New Jersey Devils. The Canadiens placed Agostino on waivers at noon on Sunday. Going to the Devils is a homecoming for Agostino, who is from Morristown, N.J. He had 2-9-11 totals and was plus-9 in 36 games with the Canadiens.

The Canadiens will be hoping Thompson and Weise can help improve their fourth line, which has been struggling offensively and defensively. The fourth line was on the ice for Toronto’s first two goals Saturday night as the Maple Leafs beat the Canadiens 4-3 in overtime at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens’ fourth line hasn’t scored a goal since Dec. 29 in Florida, a span of 17 games.

Folin, a 6-foot-3, 204-pounder, practised with the Canadiens for the first time on Monday as the seventh defenceman.

Check back here later this afternoon for an updated Canadiens Notebook with more news, notes and quotes from the Candiens’ practice.
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