Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadiens Send Tinordi to Coyotes for Tough Guy Scott in Three-Team Deal

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadiens Send Tinordi to Coyotes for Tough Guy Scott in Three-Team Deal

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Habs deal Tinordi to Yotes for Scott

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BROSSARD, Que. - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin may still try to prod his struggling team with a major trade, but the deal done Friday wasn't it.

The Canadiens sent little-used defenceman Jarred Tinordi and minor league forward Stefan Fournier to the Arizona Coyotes for tough guy John Scott and defenceman Victor Bartley, who were immediately assigned to the St. John's IceCaps of the American Hockey League, although Bartley was then called up to the NHL squad.

"We are fortunate to have a lot of depth on the blue line and for that reason it became difficult for Jarred to earn a regular spot on our roster," Bergevin said in a statement. "He showed great professionalism and kept a positive attitude. We wish him the best of luck with his new organization."

The six-foot-eight Scott is the best-known player in the deal, if only because he was playfully voted in by fans as captain of the Pacific Division team for this year's NHL all-star game. The 33-year-old has five goals, six assists and 542 penalty minutes in 285 NHL games. It was unclear if being sent to the minors would affect his eligibility to play in the all-star game.

The move drew predictable jokes on social media about the Canadiens trading for an all-star.

A trade to boost the attack had been expected with the team in a 5-14 funk since Dec. 1 after starting the season with a team-record nine-game winning streak.

The slump coincided with a lower body injury to star goalie Carey Price, but it is the offence that has sputtered while back-up Mike Condon has done a decent job in goal. Price resumed skating, without pads, this week and may be back after the Jan. 31 all-star game.

Bergevin did not comment on the deal, which started with the Nashville Predators dealing Bartley to Arizona for defenceman Stefan Elliott.

The only immediate benefit for Montreal appears to be removing Tinordi's US$850,000 salary from the team's cap.

Tinordi was a hot prospect when Montreal made a deal with Arizona to move up in the draft and select him 22nd overall in 2010. …

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