Frédéric St. Denis will take Scott Gomez place on the Canadiens roster, but he may be taking Andrei Markov’s place in the game lineup.  Markov’s wife was due to give birth today and St. Denis is in Montreal as an emergency replacement if Markov is not available.  Markov has not played a game at the Bell Centre in almost 16 months.

When he got the call, St. Denis was with his teammates in St. John’s Newfoundland, readying for the second of back to back AHL  games with the IceCaps and the second game of a brutal twelve game twenty-eight day road trip.

From the Canadiens Communications Department

32 - Frédéric St. Denis - Hamilton Bulldogs

MONTREAL –The Montreal Canadiens announced Wednesday that defenseman Frédéric

St-Denis has been recalled from the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs.

The 26-year old defenseman recorded 28 points (3 goals and 25 assists) in 52 games with the Bulldogs thus far this season. St-Denis scored two of his goals on the powerplay and added 101 shots on goal.

Assigned to the Bulldogs on December 9, the 5’11’’ and 182 lbs defenseman played eight games with the Canadiens in 2011-12, including his first NHL game on November 16 against the Carolina Hurricanes. St-Denis scored his first career NHL goal on December 8 against the Vancouver Canucks. He recorded four shots on goal, three blocked shots and displayed a +1 plus/minus differential, while playing an average of 11 minutes and 48 seconds per game.

A native of Greenfield Park, Quebec, St-Denis signed with the Canadiens as a free agent on July 1, 2010.