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Paul Mara | Defenseman

Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (38) / 9/7/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 212
Drafted: 1997 / Rd. 1 (7) / TB

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Paul Mara signed an AHL deal with Minnesota's minor-league affiliate in Houston on Monday.
The Wild enter training camp with some holes to fill on the blueline, so Mara could find a spot. However, for that to happen the team would have to trade a contract elsewhere as Nick Palmieri's eventual deal is expected to bring them to the limit of 50. Mara didn't play at all in 2011-12 and he had been playing with ECHL's Ontario Reign during the work stoppage. Tue, Jan 8, 2013 06:20:00 PM

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Paul Mara signed with the ECHL's Ontario Reign.

The 33-year-old journeyman is a veteran of 13 seasons in the NHL, though he didn't play last season. The defenseman collected 64 goals and 189 assists in 734 games, most recently split the 2010-11 season with the Ducks and Canadiens. The Reign are a minor-league affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings.
Wed, Sep 26, 2012 08:20:00 PM

According to a source, Paul Mara has been contacted by the New York Rangers about attending training camp on a tryout.

Mara appeared in 53 games with the Anaheim Ducks and Montreal Canadiens last season before becoming an unrestricted free agent this past summer. He earned six points, 88 penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating in 2010-11.
Wed, Sep 21, 2011 09:39:00 AM

Paul Mara and Yannick Weber will be scratches for the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night in Boston.

That means Brent Sopel will dress in Game 1 against the Bruins. Sopel was solid for the Chicago Blackhawks in their Stanley Cup winning run last year with his willingness to block shots and his ability to kill penalties effectively.
Thu, Apr 14, 2011 01:51:00 PM

Paul Mara was involved in a fight with the Bruins' Gregory Campbell late in the second period of Thursday's game between the Bruins and Canadiens.

The game was a 7-0 blowout in favour of the Bruins. However, the fight is significant because it was the only act of retribution or revenge committed by the Canadiens, who were playing Zdeno Chara and the Boston Bruins for the first time since Chara's hit on Max Pacioretty. Of course, fights happen all the time in hockey, so it remains to be seen whether Mara even had revenge in mind.
Thu, Mar 24, 2011 11:23:00 PM

Paul Mara practiced with the Canadiens Friday for the first time since last season.

Mara was traded back to Montreal Wednesday for a 5th round draft pick but missed Thursday's game as his equipment did not arrive from Anaheim in time. Mara should be in the Habs' lineup against the Flames Sunday. It has been a long time since he has had any fantasy value.
Sat, Feb 19, 2011 11:20:00 AM

Paul Mara was a healthy scratch on Thursday because his equipment didn't arrive in time for the game.

Montreal acquired Mara from Anaheim for a fifth round draft pick. He'll probably play in Sunday’s Heritage Classic.
Fri, Feb 18, 2011 07:04:00 AM

Canadiens coach Jacques Martin said there's a "good chance" Paul Mara will play Thursday against Edmonton.

Montreal acquired Mara for a fifth round draft pick. Mara played with the Canadiens last season and had two points and 40 penalty minutes in 33 games with Anaheim in 2010-11.
Thu, Feb 17, 2011 04:24:00 PM

The Montreal Canadiens have acquired Paul Mara from the Anaheim Ducks.

The Ducks had nine defensemen with the recent trade for Francois Beauchemin so someone had to go and it was Mara. The Ducks will receive a fifth round pick in 2012 for Mara, who now returns back to the Habs as he played 42 games with them last season. He has little fantasy value but will play more often as he was a healthy scratch in 22 of the Ducks last 23 games.
Thu, Feb 17, 2011 07:41:00 AM

Paul Mara's future with the Anaheim Ducks is in doubt at this time.

Mara has played only twice since Dec. 10 as he has been a healthy scratch in all other games and now that the Ducks have dealt for fellow defenseman Francois Beauchemin, he falls even farther down the depth chart. Do not be surprised if Mara is placed on waivers and sent down to the minors as the Ducks are now carrying nine defensemen.
Fri, Feb 11, 2011 06:54:00 AM

Paul Mara and Kyle Chipchura were healthy scratches on Saturday.

Both were former members of the Canadiens, their opponents Saturday night. Neither player has any fantasy value.
Sun, Jan 23, 2011 07:56:00 AM

Paul Mara played on Tuesday after spending roughly a month in the press box.

He had five hits, two penalty minutes, and 14:54 minutes of ice time in Anaheim's 2-1 shootout victory. Mara isn't expected to have any fantasy value this season.
Wed, Jan 19, 2011 09:52:00 AM

Paul Mara was one of three Anaheim Ducks to serve as a healthy scratch on Saturday.

Kyle Chipchura and Sheldon Brookbank also sat out. All three have no fantasy value.
Sun, Jan 16, 2011 07:58:00 AM

Paul Mara returned to the Ducks lineup on Saturday after missing the previous three games as a healthy scratch.

Just an FYI as Mara has no fantasy value. Andy Sutton and Andreas Lilja were healthy scratches as the Ducks are now carrying eight healthy defensemen.
Sun, Dec 19, 2010 07:35:00 AM

Paul Mara sat out his third straight game on Thursday as a healthy scratch.

The Ducks have eight healthy blueliners and Mara has been the odd man out of late. Mara thought he was playing well as a mentor for rookie Cam Fowler but coach Randy Carlyle has had a tough time getting everyone into the lineup and has resorted to using Andy Sutton as a forward. "At some point, I'm sure something will happen," Mara said. "Who knows? Maybe they will carry eight defensemen trough the whole year. You see it through the whole league with injuries. Healthy veteran defensemen are tough to come by in this league. When you get them, you try and hold on to them." Mara has no fantasy value.
Fri, Dec 17, 2010 06:45:00 AM

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