Jan 22, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges (26) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Pittsburgh won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres acquire Josh Gorges from Montreal Canadiens

The second major trade of the day has gone down between two Atlantic division rivals as the Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens have agreed on a trade.

Heading to the Sabres is defenseman Josh Gorges while the Canadiens will be receiving a second round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft that originally belonged to the Minnesota Wild.

Gorges, 29, had previously vetoed a trade that would have sent him to the Toronto Maple Leafs over the weekend. After finding out about the trade, Gorges admitted that he was disappointed with the Canadiens trying to trade him away.

He then expanded his list of teams he’d go to to 15, and apparently the worst team from the 2013-14 season was one of those teams.

With the acquisition of Gorges, Buffalo gets a blueliner that will be a heart-and-soul type of player for the team for years. He will likely assume an immediate leadership role on such a young team, which is something that Sabres general manager Tim Murray discussed prior to the start of free agency.

In eight seasons with Montreal, Georges had 88 points and a plus-34 rating in 464 games. He was an alternate captain with the Habs for the last two seasons. Gorges is signed through the 2017-18 season with an annual cap hit of $3.9 million.

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