Marco Scandella’s time in Montreal didn’t last very long as he was once again moved, this time to the St. Louis Blues.
St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced Tuesday that the Blues acquired the defenseman from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a second-round pick in 2020 and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2021. The Canadiens did well to flip Scandella given that they only paid a fourth-round pick to get Scandella in the first place.
The Blues likely acquired Scandella to help fill the void left by Jay Bouwmeester who they placed on long-term injured reserve after he collapsed on the bench in a game versus the Anaheim Ducks and is now recovering.
Scandella has split 51 games between the Canadiens (20) and Buffalo Sabres (31) this season, totaling 12 points (four goals, eight assists), a plus-10 rating and 16 penalty minutes.
He has appeared in 569 regular-season games and tallied 136 points (42 goals, 94 assists) and 227 penalty minutes. He also got playoff experience having played in 39 career postseason games, recording nine points (six goals, three assists) and six penalty minutes.
TVA Sports reports that Montreal GM Marc Bergevin did try to extend Scandella but the player wanted to wait until the end of the season to discuss any contract.
As is being reported by Andy Strickland, one condition on trade with Montreal for Marco Scandella….if Blues re-sign him or the Blues win two rounds in playoffs and he plays in half the games, Montreal retains half the contract.
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