Breaking: Montreal adds some toughness to their line up by trading for veteran forward.

Some extra grit up front for the Habs.

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Breaking: Montreal adds some toughness to their line up by trading for veteran forward.

The Montreal Canadiens got a little tougher on Tuesday night.The team has officially announced the acquisition of veteran center Steve Ott in a trade with the Detroit Red Wings.

From the official release:

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced that the team has acquired forward Steve Ott from the Detroit Red Wings in return for a sixth-round draft pick in 2018. 

Ott, 34, suited up for 42 games thus far this season with the Red Wings. He registered six points (3 goals, 3 assists) and served 63 penalty minutes. Ott averaged 10:27 of ice time per game and amassed 101 hits.

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This is a rather transparent attempt for a struggling team to add a little more toughness up front, something they did once before already when they brought in Andrew Shaw this summer. When you consider that Bergevin only had to give up a sixth round pick in this deal, it's a very low-risk gamble on his end.