Jarred Tinordi’s time with the Habs has come to an end. He has been flipped to the Coyotes as part of a three way trade that sees John Scott and Victor Bartley coming to the Canadiens.
The breakdown of the deal is as follows:
Nashville trades Bartley to Arizona for Stefan Elliott.
The Coyotes then trade Bartley and Scott to Montreal for Tinordi and Stefan Fournier.
The Canadiens then sent both Scott and Bartley to St. John’s of the AHL; Bartley was recalled later in the afternoon.
Tinordi was Montreal’s first round pick in 2010, 22nd overall after the Habs gave up their second round pick that year to trade up to select him. Coincidentally, that move to trade up was made with Phoenix. He showed some promise in his rookie season, playing in 67 games with AHL Hamilton as well as a handful of games during the regular season with the Canadiens. That postseason, when just about everyone got hurt at the same time, Tinordi stepped into the lineup against Ottawa and handled himself well.
Things went downhill from there though as Tinordi never really was able to build upon that. He spent the next two years going back and forth between the Habs and Bulldogs where he never really established himself beyond a third pairing defenceman in the NHL (and a 2/3 guy in the minors).
This season has been even worse for him as Tinordi no longer has waiver exemption but he also didn’t have the confidence of the coaching staff. As a result, he has played in just three of 44 games with the Habs this year, going pointless with a fight and a -3 rating. He accepted a conditioning stint back in late November which allowed him to play in six games with St. John’s.
Elliott, who wound up with Nashville at the end of the day, is a 24 year old right shooting blueliner who shares some similarities to Tinordi in that his waiver status has worked against him. He was in and out of Arizona’s lineup this season and just cleared waivers, allowing him to be sent to the minors. In 19 games with the Coyotes this year, he has two goals and four assists while averaging 14:14 per night.
In the offseason, Arizona acquired Elliott from Colorado in exchange for Brandon Gormley in a swap of ‘change of scenery’ types of players. Gormley also happened to clear waivers earlier in the week.
Everyone is more or less familiar with Scott. He’s a sparingly used enforcer that has cleared waivers multiple times this season. The 33 year old has played in eleven games with the ‘Yotes, picking up an assist and 25 PIMS. He was voted as the Pacific Division captain for the upcoming All-Star Game though the trade and subsequent demotion to the AHL will put that in jeopardy.
As for Bartley, the 27 year old blueliner also passed through waivers this season. He’s a stay-at-home defender that has played in 112 career NHL games (though just one this year), collecting one goal, 22 assists, 195 hits, and 165 blocked shots. The left-shooting rearguard also has played in 14 games with Milwaukee of the AHL this year, picking up an assist and ten PIMS.
Fournier was signed in the 2013 offseason by the Habs. Since then, he has split time between the AHL and ECHL. He has five goals and two assists with the IceCaps in 24 games this season. Fournier was rated as Montreal’s 35th prospect (out of 36) in our prospect rankings. Having shown little progression since being signed, it was highly unlikely that he would have received a qualifying offer in June.
In terms of contracts, all are on expiring deals. Tinordi makes $850,000 after accepting his qualifying offer in the offseason. Elliott opted to take less than his QO to help his NHL chances and is earning $650,000 in the NHL and $100,000 in the minors. Scott, meanwhile, is making the league minimum of $575,000 on a one-way contract. As for Bartley, he’s in the final year of a three year, one-way deal that carries a cap hit of $666,667; he’s earning a salary of $800,000. Both players can be assigned to the AHL with no cap penalty. Both were immediately sent down while Bartley was subsequently recalled shortly after 5 PM (to save a day of a cap charge).
In other roster news Friday, the Habs assigned Sven Andrighetto and Daniel Carr to St. John’s. Jacob de la Rose has been recalled from the IceCaps and is expected to suit up on Saturday against St. Louis. Dale Weise may also be available to return as well.