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Habsent Minded EXTRA: Sami Niku joins the Canadiens - with special guest Murat Ates

Talk about the newest Habs defenceman.

Montreal Canadiens v Winnipeg Jets Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images

The Athletic’s Murat Ates joins Patrik Bexell on a quick episode of Habsent Minded EXTRA to talk about the former Winnipeg Jets defenceman Sami Niku who signed with Montreal Canadiens earlier on Friday.

Having covered Sami Niku for a few years, Murat discusses Niku’s strengths, the reasons for Niku’s buyout, and where Niku can fit into the Canadiens lineup.

There are some similarities between Sami Niku and the Swedish defender Erik Gustafsson, a Marc Bergevin addition at the trade deadline last season: Good puck mover, good on the power play, but also prone to some defensive zone mistakes. Something that at the moment also is comparable to Canadiens prospect Mattias Norlinder.

At the end, Patrik Bexell discusses his own thoughts of the signing and the battle for the last defensive spot on the Canadiens roster, who will stay and who will go?

Follow Murat Ates on Twitter; @WPGMurat for more news on the Jets.