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Blues acquire defenseman Scandella from Habs

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The St. Louis Blues acquired defenseman Marco Scandella from the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday for a pair of draft picks, it was announced.

The Canadiens will get a 2020 second-round pick and a 2021 conditional fourth-round selection for the 29-year-old Scandella. It’s a good haul for the Habs since they just acquired Scandella from the Sabres last month for a fourth-round pick.

Scandella is in the final year of a five-year deal that has a $4 million cap hit. Montreal reportedly tried to extend the 29-year-old but he wanted to test free agency.

Scandella had three points in 20 games with Montreal. In 51 games this season, he has 12 points.

Heading up the Feb. 24 trade deadline, it’s been thought that St. Louis would look for forward depth considering that Vladimir Tarasenko has missed much of the season. But with the defending champs going 2-6-2 in their last 10 games to see their lead in the Central Division evaporate, they went with defense in their first move.

Source: ESPN NHL