Habs trade Smith-Pelly for Stefan Matteau
Published Monday, February 29, 2016 3:44PM EST
Last Updated Monday, February 29, 2016 10:48PM EST
The Habs have acquired The New Jersey Devils’ Stefan Matteau in exchange for Devante Smith-Pelly.
Stefan Matteau portera le numéro 21 avec les Canadiens. / Stefan Matteau will wear number 21 with the Canadiens. #GoHabsGo— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) February 29, 2016
Matteau becomes the 2nd player with strong pedigree in less than a week (Danault) that MB still hopes has some upside. Good return for DSP.— BrianWilde (@BWildeCTV) February 29, 2016
Smith-Pelly was acquired by the Habs from Anaheim Ducks last season, and has scored six goals and six assists in 46 games this season.
Matteau is the son of Stephane Matteau, who won a Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1994.
The 22-year-old winger, who was born in Chicago and grew up in Blainville, was a first-round draft pick for the Devils in 2012. The 6'0", 220 lbs. forward scored one goal in the 20 games he has played this season with the Devils.
Meantime, Mike Brown's new team is coming to him.
A day after being waived by San Jose, Brown was claimed off waivers by the Montreal Canadiens on Monday, just hours before they visited the Sharks.
Brown had one goal and two assists in 44 games for San Jose but was expendable after the Sharks traded for forward Nick Spaling from Toronto last week.
NHL teams were busy on the waiver wire on deadline day and no one more so than the Edmonton Oilers. The team announced it claimed forward Adam Cracknell from the Vancouver Canucks and defenceman Adam Pardy from the Winnipeg Jets.
The New Jersey Devils confirmed they claimed defenceman David Warsovsky from the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Zac Rinaldo, who has a hearing with the NHL department of player safety for a hit on Tampa Bay's Cedric Paquette, cleared waivers and the Boston Bruins assigned him to the American Hockey League.
Edmonton also signed a pair of rookies, defenceman Brandon Davidson and goalie Laurent Brossoit, to two-year contract extensions.
With files from The Canadian Press