The Montreal Canadiens have decided that two netminders weren't enough and have made a trade with the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday morning. The Habs have acquired goalie Steve Mason, forward Joel Armia and a pair of draft picks in exchange for defenseman Simon Bourque.
The pair of picks are a 2019 seventh round draft pick, and 2020 fourth round draft pick.
This is the move the Jets needed to make a salary dump and get enough money under the cap ceiling to re-sign star forward and pending free agent Paul Statsny. He was acquired from the St. Louis Blues at the February trade deadline in a shocking move and was one of the main reasons the Jets made it so far in the postseason.
This will be a fourth team for Mason, who has also played for the Columbus Blue Jackets - who drafted him in the third round - 69th overall in 2006 - and the Philadelphia Flyers.
Mason appeared in 13 games for the Jets during the 2017-18 campaign, posting a 5-6-1 record, along with a 3.24 goals-against average, a .906 save percentage and one shutout, but counted for a little over $4 millions on the team's cap room. By moving him to the Habs, the Jets not only can attempt to re-sign Statsny but also focus on star goalie Connor Hellebuyck. His overall record is 205-183-64 in 476 career appearances in between the pipes, along with a 2.70 goals-against average, a .911 save percentage and 34 shutouts.
Mason could already be on his way out of Montreal, or potentially bought out from his contract.
As the Canadiens boast on their official team's website following the transaction, "Armia is coming off his most productive season points-wise in the NHL ranks, setting single-season highs in all three major offensive categories with 12 goals, 17 assists and 29 points in 79 games."
Armia took part in 13 playoff games for the Jets during their run to the Western Conference Finals, and managed to put up a pair of goals.The 25-year-old right-winger, who is native of Pori, Finland, was selected in the first round, 16th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in 2011. In 180 career NHL games, Armia so far has recorded 26 goals and 58 points.
Simon Bourque, meanwhile, was a sixth-round pick of the Canadiens - 177th overall - back in 2015.In his first full season in the pros in 2017-18, the 21-year-old defenseman registered three assists in 46 games with the AHL's Laval Rocket.
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