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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.

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He's, believe it or not, actually one of my favorite guys, and I've ended up trading him twice. I appreciate what he's done. He was one year away from being an unrestricted free agent, and I felt with this opportunity, that it was a chance that we were able to get somebody for him in Nick Bonino and Adam Clendening.

— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on forward Brandon Sutter