In a three-team deal, according TSN, the Arizona Coyotes have traded forward John Scott and defenseman Victor Bartley, who they had just acquired from the Nashville Predators, to the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman Jarred Tinordi and a minor leaguer. The Coyotes announced the deal later Friday.
Bartley was traded to the Coyotes by the Predators for defenseman Stefan Elliott. According to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, the minor league player the Coyotes will be acquiring is forward Stefan Fournier.
After appearing in just 11 games this season, Scott was selected to the NHL All-Star Game as a captain for the Pacific Division.
The 33-year-old forward has been a journeyman over his first eight years in the NHL, playing with six teams. Scott was in his first year with the Coyotes, recording one assist in 11 games with the team.
Scott has built his reputation in the league as an enforcer, a player not afraid to drop the gloves while providing a spark for his team through physical play. He's anything but gifted when it comes to putting the puck in the net. He's scored just five goals in his career, three of them coming last season when he was a member of the San Jose Sharks.
Due to his popularity with the fans, though, he was voted into the All-Star Game as a captain of the Pacific Division's team.
"At first I thought it was a joke and this and that," Scott told Sarah McLellan of AZCentral.com. "But now that it all happened, I gotta go with it and have some fun with it and try to do my best out there."
With this deal, though, Scott's All-Star status is now in question.
"No decisions have been reached at this point," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said, per Josh Cooper of Yahoo Sports.
Due to the Canadiens' abundance of defensemen, the 23-year-old Tinordi was expendable and would have been lost if he was put on waivers, according to Yahoo's Greg Wyshynski. So instead, they got something out of Tinordi, dealing him for Scott and eventually Bartley.
Scott could see some, not a lot, of time on Montreal's fourth line at left wing if it is looking for a more physical presence. On a skilled team that is one of the best in the Eastern Conference, although it is struggling at the moment, Scott is the kind of player who can provide a spark without putting the puck in the net.
Stats courtesy of Hockey-Reference.com.
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