Trade to Canadiens puts John Scott's All-Star captain status in doubt
The Arizona Coyotes have traded All-Star captain John Scott to the Montreal Canadiens on Friday.
The Coyotes also shuffled Stefan Elliott to the Nashville Predators for fellow defenseman Victor Bartley before pairing Bartley and Scott in its deal to Montreal for defenseman Jarred Tinordi and forward Stefan Fournier.
With Scott changing teams and conferences, Arizona could be without a representative in the All-Star Game on Jan. 31, and the Pacific Division could be lacking a captain.
Scott benefited from a fan campaign that landed him the honor of being an All-Star Game captain.
Now his status for the game is in doubt.
Scott was sent to a team in the Eastern Conference and was immediately assigned to the St. John's of the AHL, leaving the NHL with a decision on what to do.
"The league is evaluating how this trade impacts the Pacific Division roster," the NHL said in a statement.
The 33-year-old journeyman notched one assist and 25 penalty minutes in 11 games this season. He has scored five goals, set up six others and has 542 penalty minutes in 285 career contests with six different teams.
Acquired in the summer from the Colorado Avalanche, Elliott was a second-round selection in the 2009 draft. The soon-to-be 25-year-old has collected two goals and four assists in 19 games this season.
Tinordi, who is the 22nd overall pick of the 2010 draft, failed to record a point in three games this season. The 23-year-old has notched six assists in his career.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.