The Canadiens cut twenty-three players from their training camp roster yesterday. Twenty-one were sent to the Hamilton Bulldogs camp and two (Louis Leblanc and Jarred Tinordi) were returned to their junior clubs.

Thirty-one players remain when the team goes back to work tomorrow. Five are injured, including defensemen Andrei Markov and Roman Hamrlik. That leaves 26 players trying for a spot on the 23 man season opening lineup.

The Depth Chart –

LW                                     Centre                        RW

57-Benoit Pouliot          11-Scott Gomez            21-Brian Gionta

12-Michael Cammalleri 14-Tomas Plekanec      46-Andrei Kostitsyn

32-Travis Moen            81-Lars Eller                 40-Maxim Lapierre

52-Mathieu Darche      15-Jeff Halpern              53-Ryan White

94-Tom Pyatt               17-Dustin Boyd

                                   61-Ben Maxwell

Injured Forwards– 67-Max Pacioretty, 55 Hunter Bishop, 49 Ryan Russell

With Pacioretty, Bishop, and Russell out of the picture because of injuries, fifteen players are left to compete for 13 forward positions. Although listed as centres, Jeff Halpern and Lars Eller can play on the wing. Eller has been used solely as a left or right winger in his three exhibition game starts. He’s likely to wind up there when the season begins. Ben Maxwell is destined for Hamilton along with Pacioretty, Russell and Bishop when their injuries are healed. Unless GM Pierre Gauthier makes some kind of deal, so is Ryan White despite an excellent training camp

Defense              Left                        Right

                   75-Hal Gill                 26-Josh Gorges

                     6-Jaroslav Spacek   20-Ryan O’Byrne

                   43-Alexandre Picard  76-P.K. Subban

                   24-Alex Henry           68-Yannick Weber

Injured Defensemen – 79-Andrei Markov, 44-Roman Hamrlik

The team will be without Markov for the entire month of October and who knows when Roman Hamrlik’s knee will be strong enough to begin practice. Big Alex Henry is too slow to play in the NHL. If the team carries seven on defense, first in line to replace Markov will probably be Alexandre Picard and, if Hamrlik can’t start the season, Yannick Weber will probably stay in Montreal as well.

Goaltenders                31-Carey Price

                                    35-Alex Auld

                                    30-Curtis Sanford

 Sanford will be the odd man out again.