By Patrick Kelly
After Jay Bouwmeester suffered a cardiac episode and he had a devidce implanted to regulate his heartbeat, it was believed that he would be out for quite a while. The Blues confirmed those suspicions Tuesday afternoon by not only placing Bouwmeester on long-term injured reserve, but also by trading for a defender. Defenseman Marco Scandella was acquired from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick and a conditional 2021 fourth-round pick. If the Blues re-sign Scandella prior to October 7, 2020 or if they win the first two rounds in the playoffs and he plays in at least half the games then Montreal will receive the No. 4 choice. Montreal will also pay 50 percent of Scandella’s salary.
For Scandella, it will be the second time he has been moved this year. Just over a month ago on January 3, he was dealt from the Buffalo Sabres to his hometown Canadiens for a fourth-round pick. Scandella is in the last year of a five-year deal that he signed with the Minnesota Wild, the team he was drafted by in 2008.
Scandella has played in 51 games this year, split between Buffalo and Montreal. In just 20 games with the Canadiens he has contributed one goal and two assists. Spending most of the season with Buffalo, he had played in 31 games and added three goals and and six assists. Through 51 games this year, Scandella has 43 blocked shots which puts him fifth on the Blues behind Justin Faulk and Bouwmeester.