It is being reported that the Canadiens will retain 20 per cent of Desharnais’ salary/cap hit.

Montreal Canadiens Media Release

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced tonight that the team has acquired defenseman Brandon Davidson from the Edmonton Oilers in return for forward David Desharnais.

“I would like to thank David for all his years as a Montreal Canadien. He developed and matured within our organization providing valuable services. We wish him the utmost success with the continuation of his career,” said Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.

Davidson, 25, played in 28 games thus far this season with the Oilers. He registered one assist, received 16 penalty minutes and blocked 46 shots. Davidson shows an average of 15:23 ice time per game.

The 6’2” and 200 lbs defenseman has appeared in 91 career NHL regular season games since his debut in 2014-15, recording 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists), with a +3 differential and 36 penalty minutes. Davidson added two goals on the powerplay.

A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Davidson was selected in the sixth round, 162nd overall by the Oilers at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Signed by the Canadiens as a free agent on November 5, 2008, David Desharnais appeared in 31 games in 2016-17, registering 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists). In 435 regular season games since making his NHL debut with the Canadiens in 2009-10, he recorded 250 career points (79 goals, 171 assists) and served 136 penalty minutes. Desharnais registered 13 points (3 goals, 10 assists) in 38 career playoff games.