Habs acquire Lang
The Chicago Blackhawks today announced the team has acquired a second round draft choice in the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft from the Montreal Canadiens (via the Toronto Maple Leafs) in exchange for center Robert Lang.
“Robert is a quality guy and we appreciate that he gave us everything that he had but this move gives one of our great young players an opportunity to step up,” Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon said. “We are excited about adding a second round draft pick in 2010 as we continue with our philosophy of building from within. “>> team release
That's not set in stone, but it certainly looks that way. (Of course the Canadiens could always toss their latest acquisition overboard.)
Lang's still a serviceable player in the right role, and even at 37 can chip in 20 goals and 50 points. He will make $4-million this season and is an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Montreal also signed defenceman Patrice Brisebois today to fill out its back end.