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Breakdown: Montour Traded To Buffalo
By Michael Walters
Today the Anaheim Ducks traded Brandon Montour to the Buffalo Sabres for Brendan Guhle and a 2019 conditional first-round draft pick. The pick will either be San Jose’s first-round pick or St. Louis’s first-round pick. The Ducks will go with the higher pick based on the final order of the selection in the 2019 NHL draft.
Montour had 25 total points(5 G + 20A) in 62 games with Anaheim this season. He had an on-ice rating of -16. Some concern rose with Montour’s lack of defensive coverage and getting caught up ice too often. Moving him allows the Ducks to sign Jakob Silfverberg to his extension and avoid the salary cap tagging concerns with the increase of his reported new deal at $5.25 million.
Guhle is 21 and is currently playing for AHL Rochester. He has 27 total points(5 G – 22 A) in 50 games for Amerks. He played in two games with Sabres this season recording zero points and has played in 23 total games over the last three seasons. He has decent size at 6’2″, 196 pounds. He can play physical taking hits and dishing them out as well. He is a mobile two-way defenseman, who plays consistent and has excellent positioning with or without the puck. Guhle is a younger version of Montour and appears to be more responsible defensively. Guhle could be in the lineup tomorrow against Vancouver according to the Athletic’s Eric Stephens.
We discussed on our last podcast episode how Montour was the most likely player to be traded away from Anaheim.
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