Canadiens Notebook: Habs acquire centre Nate Thompson from L.A. Kings

Dale Weise called up from AHL’s Laval Rocket as Canadiens look to improve their fourth line. Kenny Agostino claimed on waivers by Devils.

Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin made his second trade in three days Monday when he acquired forward Nate Thompson and a fifth-round pick at this year’s NHL Draft from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a fourth-round pick this year.

Thompson, 34, played 53 games with the Kings this season, posting 4-2-6 totals and a plus-3 with 17 penalty minutes while averaging 12:55 of ice time. The 6-foot-1, 207-pound centre also won 53.1 per cent of his faceoffs and should slot in on the Canadiens’ fourth line. The 34-year-old is in the final season of a two-year, US$3.3-million contract with a $1.65 million salary-cap hit.

On Saturday, Bergevin acquired forward Dale Weise and defenceman Christian Folin from the Philadelhia Flyers in exchange for defenceman David Schlemko and forward Byron Froese, who were both playing with the AHL’s Laval Rocket. Weise was assigned to the Rocket, but his stay there didn’t last long.

Weise practised with the Rocket Monday morning, but was called up by the Canadiens just after noon with the Canadiens also announcing that Kenny Agostino had been claimed on NHL waivers by the New Jersey Devils. The Canadiens placed Agostino on waivers at noon on Sunday. Going to the Devils is a homecoming for Agostino, who is from Morristown, N.J. He had 2-9-11 totals and was plus-9 in 36 games with the Canadiens.

The Canadiens will be hoping Thompson and Weise can help improve their fourth line, which has been struggling offensively and defensively. The fourth line was on the ice for Toronto’s first two goals Saturday night as the Maple Leafs beat the Canadiens 4-3 in overtime at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens’ fourth line hasn’t scored a goal since Dec. 29 in Florida, a span of 17 games.

Folin, a 6-foot-3, 204-pounder, practised with the Canadiens for the first time on Monday as the seventh defenceman.

The lines

Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at Monday’s practice:

Drouin – Danault – Gallagher
Tatar – Domi – Shaw
Lehkonen – Kotkaniemi – Armia
Deslauriers – Peca – Hudon

Mete – Weber
Reilly – Petry
Kulak – Benn

The new No. 32

Frolin was wearing No. 32 at practice Monday.

Other players to wear No. 32 with the Canadiens are Dave Lumley (1979), Denis Herron (1980-82), Mark Holden (1983-84), Claude Lemieux (1984-90), Mario Roberge (1991-95), Brad Brown (1997), Oleg Petrov (2000-01), Gordie Dwyer (2003-04), Mark Streit (2006-08), Travis Moen (2010-15) and Brian Flynn (2015-17).

What’s next?

The Canadiens will practise again Tuesday (11 a.m.) and Wednesday (10:45 a.m.) at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard before hitting the road for three games.

The Canadiens will visit the Nashville Predators Thursday (8 p.m., TSN2, RDS), the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday (7 p.m., SNE, CITY, TVA Sports, TSN 690 Radio) and the Florida Panthers Sunday (7 p.m., SN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).

The next home game at the Bell Centre for the Canadiens will be on Tuesday, Feb. 19 against the Columbus Blue Jackets (7:30 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).

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