Pre-deadline deals come in as Panthers acquire defenseman Brandon Montour and Avalanche nab goalie Devyn Dubnyk

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Feb 22, 2021; Uniondale, New York, USA; New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) makes a glove save as Buffalo Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour (62) looks for the rebound during the third period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida Panthers have filled in the void left by injured defenseman Aaaron Ekblad today. In exchange for Brandon Montour the Panthers send the Sabres a 2021 third-round pick.

Panthers acquire Brandon Montour

Per the team’s website:

Florida Panthers General Manager Bill Zito announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Brandon Montour from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a 2021 third-round draft pick.

“Brandon is a capable and talented right-shot defenseman who will have an immediate impact on our club,” said Zito. “His two-way acumen and ability to play important minutes make him an exciting addition to the Panthers.”

Montour is 26 years-old and has 14 points in 38 games this season. He will be a UFA at the end of the season coming off a deal worth $3.85 million. I would look to the Panthers looking to extend him as soon as possible. I also would not discount Florida making another move as they still have over $2 million in cap space left. They are rumored to be a player in the Taylor Hall sweepstakes.

Avalanche get their goalie insurance with acquisition of Devyn Dubnyk

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Mar 12, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; San Jose Sharks goaltender Devan Dubnyk (40) during the Sharks 6-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

As we noted earlier today, the Avalanche have more moves to make and they just executed a deal for a goalie. In exchange for defenseman Greg Pateryn and a fifth round pick in the 2021 draft the Avalanche get Devan Dubnyk from the Sharks.

Per the team’s website:

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired goaltender Devan Dubnyk from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for defenseman Greg Pateryn and a fifth-round selection in the 2021 NHL Draft. Dubnyk, 34, has a 3-9-2 record, 3.18 goals-against average and a .898 save percentage with the Sharks this season. 

Phillip Grubauer is the clear #1 goalie but getting a veteran backup was a smart move by GM Joe Sakic. The Avs are a favorite to win the Stanley Cup this season.