The deal came down in the first intermission of the Habs’ game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Desharnais has been a Canadien since his debut in the 2009-2010 season and has 435 career games in Montreal, amounting to 250 points. His best season came in 2011-2012, when he put up 60 points in 81 games. He also had a 52-point season in 2013-2014, scoring 16 goals.
Thus far this season, Desharnais has 10 points in 31 games.
The Canadiens are retaining 20 percent of his salary in the deal, by the way.
Desharnais gives the Oilers a depth centre and some veteran experience, which they were looking for. The 30-year-old is a good skater and can get creative with the puck, which will help Edmonton’s young roster. He can work in high traffic areas, too.
Montreal has been seemingly shoring up depth defencemen as of late, so the acquisition of Davidson makes some sense. The Habs acquired Jordie Benn just yesterday to bolster the blueline.
Davidson had been at the centre of some level of interest with the Oilers and Edmonton thought they might lose him to the expansion draft. Moving him became a matter of not losing him for nothing.
Selected 162nd overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the 25-year-old has played 91 games for the Oilers over three seasons. He had 13 points, including five goals.
This season, Davidson has one point in 28 games and has been averaging nearly 15 and a half minutes of ice time per contest. At 6’2, 210 pounds, he has the size for the game and is capable of pounding in a good point shot. The downside has been consistency, as the numbers suggest.