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Red Wings deal defenseman Jon Merrill to Montreal for draft pick, prospect Hayden Verbeek

The Red Wings traded defenseman Jon Merrill to Montreal on Sunday for a…

Red Wings deal defenseman Jon Merrill to Montreal for draft pick, prospect Hayden Verbeek 1
Red Wings deal defenseman Jon Merrill to Montreal for draft pick, prospect Hayden Verbeek 2

Detroit — The Red Wings keep staying busy.

They traded defenseman Jon Merrill to Montreal on Sunday for a 2021 fifth-round pick (previously from Ottawa) and forward Hayden Verbeek.

Merrill, a Grand Blanc native, was a potential unrestricted free agent who signed a one-year deal with his hometown team last summer. He appeared in 36 games this season for the Red Wings, notching five assists. Merrill, 29, owned a plus-minus rating of plus-2.

The 5-foot-10, 183-pound Verbeek, a 23-year-old forward, had three points in seven games with the American League’s Laval Rocket.

The Wings traded defenseman Patrik Nemeth to Colorado for a draft pick Friday, and acquired a fourth-round pick Saturday to help broker a deal between Tampa Bay and Columbus.

This is a developing story. Check back with detroitnews.com for more updates.

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