Canadiens trade Smith-Pelly to Devils for Stefan Matteau
Matteau has seen only sporadic NHL action
The Montreal Canadiens traded forward Devante Smith-Pelly to the New Jersey Devils for left-winger Stefan Matteau on Monday.
Smith Pelly, 23, had six goals and six assists in 46 games for Montreal this season. He had a goal in a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in his final game for the Canadiens on Saturday night.
"I really enjoyed playing in Montreal. I'd like to thank the fans." - A very emotional Devante Smith-Pelly <a href="https://t.co/TJVjGvyNpK">pic.twitter.com/TJVjGvyNpK</a>—@CanadiensMTL
He was acquired by Montreal from Anaheim ahead of last year's NHL trade deadline for winger Jiri Sekac. In 195 career NHL games, Smith-Pelly has 21 goals and 34 assists.
Matteau, 22, was drafted 29th overall by New Jersey in 2012 but has seen only sporadic NHL action. He appeared in 20 games this season, posting one goal and going minus-nine.
In 44 career NHL games, the Chicago-born son of former NHL forward Stephane Matteau has three goals and two assists.
Stefan Matteau portera le numéro 21 avec les Canadiens. / Stefan Matteau will wear number 21 with the Canadiens. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoHabsGo?src=hash">#GoHabsGo</a>—@CanadiensMTL
Earlier, the Canadiens claimed rugged winger Mike Brown off waivers from the San Jose Sharks.
The Canadiens had dealt veteran forwards Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischman to Chicago on Friday for forward Phillip Danault and a 2018 second-round pick.