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Blues acquire Marco Scandella from Canadiens

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The deal may be a net win for the Habs.

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Defenseman Marco Scandella is on his third team of the season. Six weeks ago, he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens by the Buffalo Sabres for a fourth round pick. Today, he was dealt by the Habs to the Blues for the Blues’ second round pick in this year’s draft and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2021.

On top of this trade, as expected, Jay Bouwmeester was placed onto LTIR and Niko Mikkola was re-assigned to the San Antonio Rampage.

Scandella, as per the Blues’ press release, has played in 51 games split between the Habs and Sabres this season, and has four goals and eight assists during that time. Even more notably, he’s managed a +10 rating on two teams far out of the Eastern Conference’s playoff picture.

Scandella is a rental player. He’s on his last year of a five-year, $4 per season deal. For this season, he has a remaining daily cap hit of $1,010,753, as per cap-friendly.com. In his ten year career, he’s put up 42G, 94A in 569 GP.

UPDATE: Per JR, the Habs are holding half of Scandella’s salary:

That would make him less expensive and easier to fit in under the cap than Brenden Dillon, who was acquired today by the Washington Capitals and who would have come with a cap hit of $3.27 million.