By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Two Canadian teams made a trade on Saturday morning. The Montreal Canadiens acquired forward Joel Armia, goaltender Steve Mason, a seventh-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, along with a fourth-round draft pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.
In exchange, the Winnipeg Jets acquired defenseman Simon Bourque.
Armia will be joining his third NHL team. Besides playing for the Jets, he has also played for the Buffalo Sabres. He was the 16th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft.
The 25-year-old Finland native had 12 goals and 17 assists for 29 points last season through a career-high 79 games. He also had a 3 +/- and a 22 PIM.
Armia had two game-winning goals and a short-handed goal. He also had 12 even-strength assists with four power-play assists. He also had a short-handed assist.
Mason, a Canadian native, will be joining his fourth NHL team with this move. Besides playing for the Jets, he has also played for the Philadelphia Flyers and the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The 30-year-old was a third-round draft pick by the Blue Jackets in the 2006 NHL Draft. This past season, Mason appeared in 13 games, including 12 starts, where he went 5-6-1. He had a .906 save percentage and a 3.24 goals against average.
Bourque, who was a sixth-round pick by the Canadiens in the 2015 NHL Draft, has not appeared in the NHL yet. He spent this past season with the Laval Rocket in the American Hockey League.
Through 46 games, he had three assists for three points. He also had 28 PIM and a 2 +/-.
Besides playing for the Rocket, he also appeared in three games with the St. John’s IceCaps in 2015-16, where he also had an assist.
Bourque also played for the Rimouski Oceanic and the Saint John Sea Dogs in the QMJHL.