Canadiens acquire Marco Scandella from Sabres for draft pick

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella (6) crosschecks Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner (16). (Jeffrey T. Barnes/AP)

The Montreal Canadiens have acquired defenceman Marco Scandella from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a 2020 fourth-round draft pick.

The 29-year-old defenceman carries with him a $4-million cap hit. According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, there was no salary retained in the trade, freeing up cap space for Buffalo as they pursue other options of improving their roster.

Scandella has appeared in 31 games for the Sabres this season, scoring three times and adding six assists.

Originally drafted by the Minnesota Wild 55th overall in 2008, Scandella has played 549 NHL-level games in his career, proving to be a willing shot blocker and physical defensive presence.

Scandella is in the final year of a five-year contract he signed in 2015, and will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

January 2, 2020 - 6:32 pm ET
buf Buffalo Sabres
  • Fourth-round pick (2020)
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