60-Aaron Palushaj

The Canadiens recalled forward Aaron Palushaj from their Hamilton Bulldogs farm team today to replace the injured Andrei Kostitsyn in their lineup.  Kostitsyn has what has been termed a nagging “lower body” problem which finally caused him to miss Tuesday night’s game against Edmonton.

The Canadiens limited their activity to off-ice training today.  Andrei Markov, however  was again on the ice and made the trip with his teammates to Phoenix later in the day.     Clearance to join the team in full practice could come as early as next week.

Chris Campoli was on the ice today with Markov.  Campoli suffered a torn hamstring when he caught his skate in a rut in the season opener in Toronto.  He was originally expected to be unavailable until at least January.

This is the third time Palushaj has been called up in the last thirty-five days.  He was assigned to Hamilton along with Andreas Engqvist and Michael Blunden at the end of training camp,  October 5th.   He was subsequently called up again October 10th when Michael Cammalleri suffered that skate laceration in Winnipeg, returned to Hamilton on October 22nd only to be recalled three days later when there was some concern about Max Pacioretty’s wrist. He didn’t play and was returned to the Bulldogs on October 29th.  Through all of this he has managed to play in only seven games with the Bulldogs.  Even so, he is second in Bulldog scoring with a goal and seven assists.

The Kostitsyn injury is listed as “day-to-day” which means Palushaj may not play in Phoenix Thursday or Nashville on Saturday.  The Canadiens left for Phoenix Wednesday afternoon.  Kostitsyn and Scott Gomez are part of the entourage along with Markov.

From the Canadiens Publicity Department

MONTREAL (November 9, 2011) – The Montreal Canadiens announced today that forward Aaron Palushaj has been recalled from the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs.

The 22-year old forward ranks second on the Bulldogs with eight points (1 goal and 7 assists) in seven games this season. One of his goals was scored on the powerplay.  Palushaj added twenty shots on goal.

In four games with the Canadiens this season, Palushaj recorded two shots on goal and four hits whileaveraging 5:47 of ice time per game.

A native of Livonia, Michigan, Palushaj was acquired from the St. Louis Blues in return for Matt D’Agostini on March 3rd, 2010.