After a barn burner of a game between the Washington Capitals and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Pierre Gauthier and the Ducks front office signed off on the paperwork.
Paul Mara will make his return to the Bleu, Blanc, et Rouge.
Twitter feeds exploded keeping many in the Eastern Time Zone on their keyboards. Many in disbelief, many in anger, and the balance quite satisfied.
With time winding down to the trade deadline, I’ll admit that I was a bit surprised myself. But based on the cap hit of somewhere just over $200,000, it seems that Guathier has made the right move. Taking into account the serious injury list on the Habs D line, he has had very little choice. With Gill day to day, and the announcement that Jaroslav Spacek would not be making the western trip with his team-mates, there was an immediate need to fill spots.
As far as trade details go, Mara will return to the Montreal Canadiens for a 5th round draft pick in 2012. Although many wonder why Gauthier let Mara walk after the 2009-2010 season, it would seem apparent that for the price, gaining a 6’4″, 207 pound defensemen who loves playing in Montreal is a smart move. The Canadiens needed to acquire some depth in the defense and this acquisition will do that for them.
Speculation is that Mara will join his old team-mates sometime later today in Edmonton, to be ice ready for the Oilers tonight at Rexall Place.
No doubt this is just the beginning of the Canadiens moves before the trade deadline expires on the 28th. The Habs have a strong need for a big sized forward that can score goals, and there is little doubt that Gauthier is doing his best to get that done.
The playoff push is on across the entire NHL, and one of those puzzle pieces has just been taken care of here in Montreal.