Brenden Dillon wasn’t the only defenseman on the move on Tuesday, as Marco Scandella and Dylan DeMelo were also traded.
Jets get a possible gem in DeMelo from Senators
Winnipeg figures to be in a tough fight to earn a playoff spot. DeMelo could be a nice find for a defense that badly needs help.
Jets get: DeMelo (26, pending UFA, $900K AAV)
Senators receive: 2020 third-round pick
IMO, the Demelo pick up for the Jets is the best value pick since Perreault.
He’s not a game breaker but that’s great value.
— Garret Hohl (@GarretHohl) February 18, 2020
DeMelo generated 20 points in 2017-18, followed by a career-high 22 in 2018-19. He hasn’t scored a goal so far this season, but has 10 assists in 49 games. DeMelo can be a helpful offensive piece in a limited role.
Blues add Scandella, Canadiens get more than Sabres did for their trouble
Back in early January, the Sabres traded Marco Scandella to Montreal for a fourth-round pick. From there, they traded for Michael Frolik. About a month and a half later, Montreal’s sly fox GM Marc Bergevin landed a better package for Scandella.
Blues receive: Scandella (29, pending UFA, cap hit currently $2M)
Montreal gets: 2020 second-round pick, conditional 2021 fourth-round pick
Via Cap Friendly, the conditions are:
Montreal will receive the 2021 4th round pick if St. Louis re-signs Scandella before Oct. 7, 2020 or if St. Louis wins two rounds of the playoffs and he plays in at least half of the games.
The Blues are mired in a five-game losing streak. And, really, they’ve been struggling for a month, if not all of 2020. Add that to Jay Bouwmeester‘s health scare and it’s not shocking St. Louis wanted to bolster its blueline depth. Scandella isn’t spectacular, yet he could be quite useful for the defending champs:
Marco Scandella (to St Louis for a 2nd and a 4th*) is an average 5v5 defender with good penalty-kill impacts. pic.twitter.com/V8lSXp8zdm
— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) February 18, 2020
The Canadiens gained some serious draft assets by essentially laundering the Scandella contract. That’s good stuff from Bergevin, and won’t make Sabres fans one bit happier.
Montreal already stockpiled quite a few draft picks, and could beef up even more depending upon who they might be willing to move.
DeMelo and Scandella bring different things to the table, but overall, they add to a defense-heavy day of trades.
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