Anaheim Ducks trade seldom-used D Mara back to Montreal for 5th-round pick

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.

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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.