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John Scott recalled, Mike McCarron sent down to IceCaps

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Defencemen Ryan Johnston also recalled from the AHL on an emergency basis.

New York Times reporter John Branch just dropped a bombshell on Twitter, saying that John Scott is being recalled from the St. John's IceCaps to the Montreal Canadiens.

Scott was sent down immediately by General Manager Marc Bergevin when he was acquired in a trade along with defenceman Victor Bartley for Jarred Tinordi in mid-January. Indications were that he would remain there for the rest of the season, so this recall comes as a tremendous shock, especially since Scott didn't even wear the Canadiens jersey when he took part in the NHL All-Star Game a few weeks after the trade.

Scott has played 22 games with the IceCaps, registering two goals and two assists. He's been a model citizen with the team, spending a lot of time promoting the club and immersing himself in the St. John's community.

The Canadiens also recalled rookie defenceman Ryan Johnston from the IceCaps as the infirmary population reaches comical numbers. Johnston missed the first half of the AHL season due to surgery on a herniated disc after impressing at the Rookie Tournament in September. Since his return he's gradually returned to form, generating nine assists in 34 games.

Going the opposite way to St. John's is Michael McCarron, who fell out of favour with Head Coach Michel Therrien, who was unhappy with McCarron's effort level. McCarron has a goal and an assist in 20 NHL games this season, recording 41 shots over that span.