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Panthers fill hole on defense; acquire Montour from Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Florida Panthers addressed losing Aaron Ekblad to a season-ending injury by acquiring defenseman Brandon Montour in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres. The last-place Sabres continued selling off assets by acquiring a third-round draft pick in what is not expected to be their final move before the NHL’s trade deadline on Monday. The Sabres traded veteran Eric Staal to Montreal last month, and are in negotiations to trade forward Taylor Hall, who is completing a one-year, $8 million contract. The Panthers add a two-way defenseman. Ekblad will miss 12 weeks after having surgery on March 30 to repair a broken left leg.  

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