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Ducks trade D Paul Mara back to Canadiens

Thursday, 02.17.2011 / 1:21 AM / News

Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - The Anaheim Ducks have traded veteran defenseman Paul Mara back to the Montreal Canadiens for a fifth-round pick in the 2012 draft.

Anaheim announced the deal Wednesday night after a 7-6 loss to Washington.

Mara had two points in 33 games this season with the Ducks, who signed him to a one-year, $750,000 contract shortly before training camp. He hadn't played since Jan. 18, missing eight straight games and 23 of 25 as a healthy scratch.

The Ducks reacquired defenseman Francois Beauchemin from Toronto last week, further decreasing Mara's chances of playing for Anaheim.

Mara played 48 games for the Canadiens last season before a season-ending shoulder injury. Anaheim was his sixth NHL team.

Quote of the Day

I think everyone left it out there. Every game this season, regular season and playoffs, we played as hard as we could. We're not out of the playoffs right now because of lack of effort, and that's all that we can ask of each other.

— Predators defenseman Seth Jones after Nashville was eliminated by Chicago in Game 6 on Saturday