Mara Comes Back

The Habs acquire Paul Mara from Anaheim

Thursday, 17.02.2011 / 1:05 AM / moves
Montreal Canadiens
PRESS RELEASE

MONTREAL — Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced late this evening that the team acquired defenseman Paul Mara from the Anaheim Ducks in return for a fifth round pick in 2012, previously acquired from the Ducks in the trade that sent Maxim Lapierre to Anaheim on December 31, 2010.
      
Mara, who turned 31 on September 7, first joined the Canadiens as a free agent on July 10, 2009 and played 42 games with the team in 2009-10, recording eight assists. This season as a member of the Anaheim Ducks, Mara scored once and added an assist for a total of two points in 33 games, while serving 40 penalty minutes. The 6’4’’ and 207 lbs defenseman has recorded 64 goals and 185 helpers for a total of 249 NHL career points, and was assessed 728 penalty minutes.

Mara is scheduled to join the Canadiens in Edmonton for the game against the Oilers on February 17.

6 thoughts on “Mara Comes Back”

  1. We got him for cheap and we do need some help to shore up the defence. He’s big. But Mara’s another gentle giant and doesn’t fight very much. We’ll see what happens.

    I guess Pierre Gauthier had to do something fast with Spacek being sidelined. Was Spacek hurt because of the fight he had with Boston’s John Boychuck during that battle Royale game…

    Spacek and Boychuck’s fight begins at the 44 second mark…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiCdntbwO5c&feature=player_embedded

  2. Dennis,

    Spacek played against the Islanders and the Leafs while sporting a shiner so I’d guess it was somethin’ else. Maybe a shoulder strain when the steering on the school bus failed?

    By the way I must have missed it in the excitement over the Penguins and Islanders disciplinary, but the young Gentleman using his elbow pad as a flail, has he been suspended for the season or just a few games?

    ps I’ve mailed you on the complexities of football transfers. I don’t think the Hockey world could stay awake long enough if I put it up as a post.

  3. I don’t particularly like this trade, if we wanted a big lug that to warm the press box we might as well have kept O’Byrne. I’d rather see Weber or Picard play ahead of him. Ignoring the draft pick that went back and forth, this trade effectively becomes Mara for Lapierre which we come out on the losing end as well.

    Was it the Leaf game where Spacek took a hard hit to the head or the weekend before? He came back and played, but the commentators were indicating it was probably a bad idea. Concussion symptoms may take a few days to appear and further knocks would prolong the recovery. Of course if it was the Leaf game, we can’t trust anything they say.

  4. Cristopher, I’m still trying to find out how long Spacek’s out. Danno been trying and so far there doesn’t seem to be a lot of info. Of course, I could be behind the times here but I’ve been preoccupied. Maybe Mara is much better this time around. He was hurt a lot the first time and I think he got ripped off in showing how effective he could be. I don’t know.

  5. Did Mara play hurt last year before ending his season early? If he did my opinion of him may be unfair and I apologize if he’s reading. Last year when Gill played on his injured foot he too was useless, after resting and allowing it to heal he came back and blocked everything the opposition did.

    Officially Spacek’s injury is a lower body one but the reasons are frequently misleading. http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=67176

  6. I checked that out too Christopher. Try clicking on on “Spacek” and you will see Andrei Markov comes up.

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