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Canadiens acquire Marco Scandella, trade Mike Reilly

The Montreal Canadiens have acquired defenseman Marco Scandella from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for San Jose’s 2020 4th round pick. Montreal is assuming all of Scandella’s $4 million cap hit for 2019-20.

Earlier, Montreal had traded away defenseman Mike Reilly to the Senators for AHL forward Andy Sturtz and a 2021 5th round pick, opening up a spot on the blueline for Scandella.

Pierre Lebrun reports the Sabres may use the cap space cleared by moving Scandella to add a forward:

Canadiens Acquire Mitchell from Sabres

The Montreal Canadiens have acquired forward Torrey Mitchell from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a prospect and draft pick.

The Montreal native Mitchell will provide the team with the forward depth that is needed for a deep run in the playoffs.

Oilers Trade Petry to Habs

Jeff Petry has been traded to the Canadiens for a 2015 2nd round pick and a conditional 5th round pick.

The 5th round pick can become as high as a 3rd if the Canadiens win two rounds of playoffs.

Insider Trading: Sekera, Michalek, Kings, Wisniewski, Habs, O’Reilly

Image from Michael Miller via Wikimedia Commons

Image from Michael Miller via Wikimedia Commons

From February 24th’s edition of TSN’s Insider Trading:

Bob McKenzie says the Blackhawks are among the many teams that are interested in Carolina’s Andrej Sekera, as the Hawks have been extensively scouting the Canes’ defenseman. He says it sounds like Johnny Oduya is close to returning, but the team is looking to add to their blueline, regardless.

McKenzie says that Zbynek Michalek‘s concussion is concerning some suitors. He says even if Michalek isn’t in action by the trade deadline, he should still be traded, though the compensation would likely be heavily conditional.

Pierre Lebrun reports that the Los Angeles Kings are interested in both Sekera and Michalek, however the Kings are cautious about adding salary in case they need cap space should Slava Voynov be reinstated. He senses the Kings are leaning towards risking it, and taking on salary anyways. He says they would ideally like to add a top-four defenseman, and a forward due to Tanner Pearson being out of the lineup.

Darren Dreger says the Blue Jackets are testing the market for James Wisniewski, but his contract is “cumbersome”. He says Wisniewski has submitted a list of 10 teams he would not accept a trade to.

Bob McKenzie says the Habs’ trade of Jiri Sekac for Devante Smith-Pelly was fueled by head coach Michel Therrien’s lack of trust in Sekac. Pierre Lebrun reports that GM Marc Bergevin would like to add both a forward and a defenseman before Monday’s trade deadline, but he’s not going to mortgage the future to do so. He says he would be very surprised if the Habs were seriously interested in Joffrey Lupul.

Darren Dreger says that a deal involving Ryan O’Reilly is unlikely to happen before the trade deadline. He says there may be some discussion about the parameters of a contract extension, and if there’s no traction a draft day trade may be likely.

Ducks Trade Smith-Pelly to Habs for Sekac

Per the Ducks:

Friedman: Three Team Race for Joffrey Lupul

[UPDATE: Friedman says he did not say this]

Elliotte Friedman reported Monday that the Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins are involved in a three-team race for Leafs’ winger Joffrey Lupul.

As widely reported yesterday, Lupul has a list of 14 teams that the Leafs can trade him to without his consent.

The Fourth Period reported that the Leafs are believed interested in Lars Eller, Michael Bournival and Christian Thomas (son of former Leaf Steve Thomas) from the Habs.

Lupul Trade Talks Could Heat Up in Coming Week

Image from Lisa Gansky via WIkimedia Commons

Image from Lisa Gansky via WIkimedia Commons

Darren Dreger reports that while there’s some interest in Leafs’ Joffrey Lupul, though the Leafs have no offers that they want to pull the trigger on as of yet. Dreger says things could heat up closer to next Monday’s deadline.

Lupul has a modified no-trade clause where he has to supply a list of 14 teams he would accept a trade to. He’s signed for three seasons beyond 2014-15 at a cap-hit of $5.25 million.

The Fourth Period reports that Lupul has drawn the interest of the Canadiens, Capitals and Panthers.

Canadiens Reportedly Interested in Polak

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun is reporting that Montreal GM Marc Bergevin is interested in acquiring bruising defenseman Roman Polak from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Garrioch also mentions that Bergevin is interested in acquiring players with expiring contracts at the deadline to facilitate signing Alex Galchenyuk in the off-season.

It comes as no surprise that Bergevin is looking to add a defenseman, especially with the recent injuries to Alexei Emelin and Sergei Gonchar, but the chances of Polak landing in Montreal are slim, as several teams are interested in him and the most obvious obstacle for a trade is the teams’ bitter rivalry.

  

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