Canadiens acquire forward Flynn in deal with Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens have acquired forward Brian Flynn in exchange for a 2016 fifth-round pick from the Buffalo Sabres.

Flynn has five goals and 22 assists in 54 games while playing a second and third-line role this season. Overall, he has 17 goals and 24 assists for 41 points in 159 games over three seasons with Buffalo.

The Sabres signed Flynn as a free agent in 2012 after he completed his college career at Maine.

Flynn’s future in Buffalo was uncertain because the team is rebuilding through youth.

It was the second trade of the day for Montreal. The Canadiens gave up a 2015 second-round pick to acquire defenseman Jeff Petry from the Edmonton Oilers.