45 – Michael Blunden

With P.K. Subban and Max Pacioretty now taking part in full Canadiens practice, Mike Blunden has been returned to the Hamilton Bulldogs.  Blunden was recalled January 26th when Max Pacioretty underwent an appendectomy.  He was a healthy scratch i the four  games he was on the Canadiens roster.

While Pacioretty probably won’t be available for Saturday afternoon’s game against Buffalo, there’s a good chance Subban will play. He was paired with Francis Bouillon during Friday’s practice.

Pacioretty, who is establishing himself as possessing the highest pain threshold in the league, underwent his emergency appendectomy last Saturday.  Decisions on their availability will be made on game day.

Another thing to come out of Friday’s practice – we have seen the last of the Subban/Carey Price “triple low five” post game celebration.  Therrien has banned it in favour of total team celebrations, including the entire team’s post game salute to the fans.  While Therrien’s commitment to the “team concept” has merit, I must say the Subban/Price thing was fun.

Blunden returns to Hamilton in time for Friday night’s game against the Grand Rapids Griffins at Copps Coliseum.

From Canadiens Communications

MONTREAL, QUE – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevinannounced today that the Canadiens have reassigned forward Mike Blunden to the Bulldogs.

Blunden, who has been recalled twice by the Canadiens this season, has played 37 games for the Bulldogs in 2012-2013 recording 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists) and 64 penalty minutes. Blunden, 26, played 39 games for the Canadiens in 2011-2012 and registered four points (two goals, two assists) and 27 penalty minutes. In 90 games over six seasons in the National Hockey League, the Toronto, Ontario native has amassed eight points (four goals, four assists) and 96 penalty minutes. In 17 games during the 2011-2012 season for the Bulldogs, the six-foot-four, 214-pound forward recorded eight points (three goals, five assists) and 26 penalty minutes. Blunden has played 294 games in the AHL and has totaled 142 points (62 goals, 80 assists) and 370 penalty minutes.