MONTREAL — Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced last week the team acquired Lynnfield-native and forward Brian Flynn from the Buffalo Sabres.
In exchange for Flynn, the Sabres will receive a fifth round draft pick from the Canadiens in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Flynn, 26, recorded 17 points (5 goals and 22 assists) in 54 regular season games with the Sabres in 2014-2015, averaging 15:33 of ice time per game. He served eight penalty minutes and had 23 shots on goal.
“I obviously don’t expect to go [to Montreal] and play the 20 minutes a night that I’ve been playing here,” Flynn told Sabres.nhl.com. “They’ve got a really deep lineup, a lot of good forwards, a lot of guys who can score. If I do play more of a defensive role or kill some penalties and things like that, whatever I can do to help the team win, that’s what I’m going to do.”
Since making his NHL debut back in 2012-13, Flynn has produced 41 points (17 goals and 24 helpers) in 159 regular season games with the Sabres. Two of his goals were scored shorthanded and one was a game-winner.
The 6’1’’ and 180 lbs center served 22 penalty minutes. Flynn was a star when he played for the University of Maine, where he recorded 156 points (69 goals and 87 assists) in 153 games at the collegiate level.
Flynn first joined the Sabres as a free agent on March 29, 2012. He told TVA Sports he believes will be a good fit for the Canadiens.
“I think I’ll just hopefully be a good, solid two-way guy who can skate and maybe do a good job on the penalty kill and be a guy who shows up and is consistent every night and in the work ethic I bring,” said Flynn. “And hopefully I bring a little speed to the lineup.”
The Canadiens are currently in first place in the Eastern Conference with a 42-18-6 record.