The Canadiens have returned forwards Louis Leblanc and Martin St. Pierre to their Hamilton Bulldogs farm team. For how long? Who knows?
The pattern this season has been to return players to the Bulldogs where they can take part in an AHL game and then call them right back up for the next scheduled Canadiens game. The Bulldogs play the in Rochester Wednesday night and then have home games against Grand Rapids and Utica on Friday and Sunday.
Since the season opener the Canadiens have called up players from Hamilton eleven times. Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu has been recalled and returned four times since October first.
…….Judging by the Wednesday morning practice, the Galchenyuk/Gallagher/Pacioretty experiment lasted four periods. Back to square one with David Desharnais out of the doghouse and centering Rene Bourque and Michael Bournival who now seems to be the one charged with rejuvenating a struggling centre.
…...Travis Moen, who has been recovering from that facial fracture, took a regular turn with White and Parros on the fourth line and is expected to play against the Senators in Ottawa Thursday night. They’re going to try Pacioretty with Plekanec and Gionta.
……Daniel Briere’s concussion symptoms have been officially cleared. He’s making the trip to Ottawa with his teammates and will skate with them Thursday morning prior to the game against the Senators.
……TSN’s Bob McKenzie and RDS’s Francois Gagnon are saying negotiations will begin next week on a long term contract for P.K. Subban and, less urgently, Raphael Diaz. Both are represented by Toronto-based agent Don Meehan. The Subban camp will be talking in the neighbourhood of eight million a season.
……While the situation surrounding Subban and Diaz is fairly cut-and-dried, not so much with Andrei Markov, who will be 35 when he hits unrestricted free agency next July. Markov has dismissed Meehan as his agent. The successor has not been named, so any contract talks are on hold. Markov has been the Canadiens best defenseman this season. Money is not the issue here. It will be length of contract.
……The Last Word – Michel Therrien on P.K. Subban’s 20:52 ice time vs. St. Louis – “I’m not going to be commenting on the ice time of any player…..and, by the way P.K. Subban played a hell of a game yesterday. I thought he was solid and moving the puck. He was solid in his own end. It was exactly what we were looking for from him. If you were to break down the game, we have to kill four penalties and we had one power play. If we were to have two or three power plays, you wouldn’t even ask that question because he would have played 23 or 24 minutes.”
Wednesday’s Practice Lineup
Markov – Subban
Gorges – Diaz
Murray – Bouillon
Emelin – Pateryn