It took until after Monday’s trade deadline to be announced, but the Habs did
make one small move, acquiring goaltender Drew MacIntyre from Atlanta in
exchange for defenceman Brett Festerling. This comes in response to
Hamilton goaltender Curtis Sanford’s injury in Saturday’s victory over Syracuse.
Festerling was acquired earlier this season as part of the Maxim Lapierre trade.
MacIntyre has played 20 games for the Thrashers’ AHL affiliate in Chicago
this season, posting a 12-5-3 record with a 2.91 GAA and .906 SV%. At the
time of the trade, he was with the Thrashers; he has been called up by the team
3 times this season but has not yet seen the ice. Last season, he was the
Wolves’ #1 goalie, going 20-17-3 during the season and 1-2 in the playoffs.
As noted earlier, Festerling was acquired on December 31st as part of the
trade that saw Maxim Lapierre go to Anaheim. A side note on that deal,
none of the 3 pieces from that trade remain with their team, the 5th round pick
the Habs got with Festerling was dealt for Paul Mara, while Lapierre was dealt
to Vancouver just before the deadline. Festerling played 16 games with the
Bulldogs this season, picking up 4 assists. He is currently out with a
Contract wise, MacIntyre is in the final year of a 2-year deal and is earning
$500,000 on a one-way contract. As he will be assigned to Hamilton, this
will have no impact on the Habs’ salary cap. In other news, the holding back of Ryan White from practice was not for a trade, he was sent to Hamilton. Following the deadline, he was recalled again, making for quite the interesting couple of hours.