The Montreal Canadiens announced they have acquired veteran defenseman Brent Sopel and forward Nigel Dawes from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for minor league prospect Ben Maxwell and a fourth-round pick in this June's draft.
Sopel, an 11-year veteran, has two goals, five assists and a plus-minus rating of plus-7 in 59 games this season. He was in his first season in Atlanta after three seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Sopel, 34, is earning $2 million this season and will be an unrestricted free agent July 1.
Dawes has one assist in nine NHL games this season. The
26-year-old has spent most of the season with the Chicago Wolves,
ranking fourth in the American Hockey League with 27 goals.
The 22-year-old Maxwell has 11 goals and 29 assists in 47 games
for Hamilton of the AHL. He was a second-round pick in 2006.
Information from ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun and The Associated Press was used in this report.