Scandella agreed to terms on a four-year, $13.1 million contract with St. Louis on Thursday. Scandella was acquired by the Blues from the Canadiens at the trade deadline in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick and a conditional 2021 fourth-round selection, which will now be headed to Montreal thanks to the blueliner's new contract. In 62 appearances for the Sabres, Habs and Blues this year prior to the shutdown, the 29-year-old notched four goals, nine helpers and 77 shots. At best, the Montreal native figures to be a mid-range fantasy option heading into the 2020-21 campaign.
Scandella posted a shot on net and two PIM across 22:02 in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Blackhawks. Scandella is toiling in a lockdown role with Colton Parayko, and the former led St. Louis' blue line in playing time, thanks in part to a team-high 4:07 on the penalty kill. The 30-year-old joined the Blues via trade from the Canadiens, and he's averaged 20:57 over four contests.
Scandella will make his Blues debut against the Coyotes on Thursday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. The Blues acquired Scandella from Montreal for a 2020 second-round pick and a 2021 conditional fourth-round pick Tuesday, and the defenseman has obtained a visa and is ready to help the team defend its title. There hasn't been any word on where Scandella will draw into the lineup, but general manager Doug Armstrong relayed that he could work on a unit with Justin Faulk or Colton Parayko, which would likely mean the second pairing along with penalty-kill responsibilities.
Scandella, who was acquired via trade from the Canadiens, won't play Tuesday versus the Devils, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Scandella didn't arrive in St. Louis in time to play, but he also has to get a new visa after heading south of the border. General manager Doug Armstrong expressed optimism that he'll be ready to make his Blues debut Thursday versus the Coyotes.
The Canadiens traded Scandella to the Blues for a 2020 second-round pick and a 2021 conditional fourth-round pick. Scandella is on the move for the second time this year, as he was traded from Buffalo to Montreal on Jan. 2. The Blues will bolster their blue line, which had major question marks because Jay Bouwmeester's (chest) status is uncertain. The left-handed blueliner has 12 points over 51 games this year, but the stay-at-home defenseman has an admirable 55.0 Corsi percentage. It's unclear where he'll fill in on the blue line, but taking over Bouwmeester's penalty-kill minutes will be crucial as the Blues look to defend their title.
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