Offensively, defenceman Magnus Nygren came to the Canadiens and the Hamilton Bulldogs as advertised. He could shoot the puck and he could pile up points on the power play.
On defence, not so much.
The Canadiens returned loaned him back to Färjestad BK in Karlstad Sweden Wednesday. Nygren, who has just been cleared by Bulldogs doctors to resume play following a concussion, has a two year contract with the Canadiens and they will retain his North American rights. The Canadiens drafted him in the fourth round in 2011.
Last season with Färjestad BK Nygren was named winner of the Borje Salming award as the Swedish League’s top defenceman.
Earlier in the week forward Erik Nyström ended a 25 game Bulldogs tryout contract and signed a one year contract with Zagreb of the Kontinental Hockey League.
From Canadens Communications
MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have reassigned defenceman Magnus Nygren to Farjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League.
In 16 games with Hamilton this season, Nygren has recorded eight points (one goal, seven assists) and 14 penalty minutes. The 23-year-old defenceman spent the 2012-2013 season with Farjestad. In 51 regular season games, he recorded 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists) and 49 penalty minutes and received the Salming Trophy as the top defenceman in the Swedish Elite League. He was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the fourth round (113th overall) in the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft.