EDMONTON – The Canadiens have beefed up their blueline overnight, trading a 2012 fifth-round draft pick to Anaheim for former Habs defenceman Paul Mara. He’s expected to join the team in time for tonight’s tilt here vs. the Oilers.
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The team announcement:
General manager Pierre Gauthier announced late this evening that the team acquired defenseman Paul Mara from the Anaheim Ducks in return for a fifth round pick in 2012, previously acquired from the Ducks in the trade that sent Maxim Lapierre to Anaheim on December 31, 2010.
Mara, who turned 31 on September 7, first joined the Canadiens as a free agent on July 10, 2009 and played 42 games with the team in 2009-10, recording eight assists. This season as a member of the Anaheim Ducks, Mara scored once and added an assist for a total of two points in 33 games, while serving 40 penalty minutes. The 6’4’’ and 207 lbs defenseman has recorded 64 goals and 185 helpers for a total of 249 NHL career points, and was assessed 728 penalty minutes.
Mara is scheduled to join the Canadiens in Edmonton for the game against the Oilers on February 17.