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Canadiens add defenceman Davis Drewiske from Kings

Vancouver Canucks Guillaume Desbiens (L) fights for the puck with Los Angeles Kings Davis Drewiske during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Los Angeles, California, October 15, 2010.

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There was talk going into this week that the Montreal Canadiens were looking to add a depth defenceman, and now they've found one in the shape of Davis Drewiske, late of the L.A. Kings.

Drewiske, a 28-year-old who played college hockey at Wisconsin and has played parts of five seasons in Los Angeles, came at the comparatively low cost of a fifth-round draft choice.

Known primarily as a defensive defenceman, Drewiske has played 20 games this season (one goal, three assists, plus-3) and became expendable with the emergence of young blueliners like Jake Muzzin and the acquisition on Monday of Buffalo Sabres rear-guard Robyn Regehr. He was a healthy scratch in Los Angeles in 15 of the last 16 games.

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Drewiske isn't overly imposing at 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, but he does have 126 NHL games under his belt and should see time on the third pairing with Francis Bouillon.

He's also in the last year of a contract that pays him a relatively paltry $650,000

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Sean Gordon joined the Globe's Quebec bureau in 2008 and covers the Canadiens, Alouettes and Impact, as well as Quebec's contingent of Olympic athletes. More

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