With the dust clearing on one of the strangest NHL trades in recent memory, defenceman Jarred Tinordi, a 2010 first-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens, is getting a chance to get his career on track with the Arizona Coyotes.
In return, the Canadiens are getting a defenceman with NHL experience in Victor Bartley.
Bartley has played 112 games (one goal, 22 assists) with the Nashville Predators over the course of the last four seasons.
As for all-star captain John Scott, whose all-star status reportedly could be revoked by the NHL in the near future, he’s a non-factor in this deal.
Scott will report to the AHL IceCaps effective immediately.
“At 33, John Scott is a seasoned veteran with 285 NHL games under his belt. He will be bring experience to our group of forwards with the IceCaps in St. John’s," Bergevin said in a release.
Former IceCaps forward Stefan Fournier is also a non-factor in this deal, as he’s going straight to Arizona’s AHL affiliate Springfield.
All of this means two things to the Canadiens: cap savings of just under $180,000 and roster flexibility.
Bartley, a 27-year-old pending unrestricted free agent, counts for $666,666 on the cap versus Tinordi, who’s a pending restricted free agent at $850,000 on the cap. The Canadiens also absorb one day of Scott’s $575,000 cap hit.
As for the roster flexibility, Bartley could appear in as many as nine games with the Canadiens before they’d have to expose him to waivers to send him to the AHL—considering he already cleared waivers earlier this season.
Conversely, Tinordi, who had appeared in just three games with the Canadiens this season (46 since he was drafted), was waiver eligible. He almost lost an entire season of development due to Montreal’s unwillingness to lose him for nothing and their depth on defence, which kept him on the periphery of their lineup.
According to sources, Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin made an attempt to unload Tinordi earlier this season for an NHL-ready forward belonging to an Atlantic Division rival, but the deal fell through.
It was also reported that Bergevin was hoping to obtain a draft pick for Tinordi’s services, but no deal could be consummated on those terms.
The eventual deal Bergevin settled for reportedly took weeks to put together. It amounts to getting something as opposed to losing something for nothing.
And Bergevin did an honourable thing by giving Tinordi a fresh start with a young organization.