Nashville Predators\' Cal O\'Reilly, left and Anaheim Ducks\' Paul Mara vie for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010.The Anaheim Ducks have traded veteran defenceman Mara back to the Montreal Canadiens for a fifth-round pick in the 2012 draft. THE CANADIAN PRESS?AP-Christine Cotter
ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Anaheim Ducks have traded veteran defenceman Paul Mara back to the Montreal Canadiens for a fifth-round pick in the 2012 draft.
Anaheim announced the deal Wednesday night after a 7-6 loss to Washington.
Mara had two points in 33 games this season with the Ducks, who signed him to a one-year, US$750,000 contract shortly before training camp. He hadn't played since Jan. 18, missing eight straight games and 23 of 25 as a healthy scratch.
The Ducks reacquired defenceman Francois Beauchemin from Toronto last week, further decreasing Mara's chances of playing for Anaheim.
Mara played 48 games for the Canadiens last season before a season-ending shoulder injury. Anaheim was his sixth NHL team.