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Montreal Canadiens trade Devante Smith-Pelly to New Jersey Devils

Stefan Matteau goes the other way to Montreal.

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Devante Smith-Pelly became another victim of the miserable 2015-16 season for the Montreal Canadiens on Monday, getting dealt to the New Jersey Devils in the final hour of the NHL trade deadline.

The Devils traded prospect Stefan Matteau to the Canadiens as part of the deal. No draft picks were exchanged.

Smith-Pelly made an immediate impact with the Canadiens in the playoffs last season after coming over from the Anaheim Ducks in a trade, although he had only registered three points in 20 regular season games with the Habs by that point. Smith-Pelly has dressed in 46 games this season and has just six goals and 12 points.

The Devils will hope he can recoup some of the offense they lost by trading leading scorer Lee Stempniak to the Boston Bruins on Monday.

Matteau, the 22-year-old son of former NHL player Stephane Matteau, has just five points in 44 games in his NHL career. He did register 27 points with the AHL's Albany Devils last season, but has been benched by coach John Hynes for the majority of games in 2015-16.

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