The Hamilton Bulldogs have signed centre T.J. Hensick to a one year American Hockey League contract.
The 28 year old, 5’10” Hensick, an unrestricted free agent, split last season between the New York Rangers Hartford farm team where he scored 11 goals and 34 points in 42 games and MODO in the Swedish National league where in 31 games he had five goals and 15 points. (Bulldogs News Release Below)
While most of the media and fan attention has been on the Canadiens since the beginning of June, the Habs front office has not been ignoring their farm team. To casual fans, the Bulldogs are a team filled with young prospects waiting for their NHL call which, of course is a fact. And while the coaching staff plays a large role in helping the kids adapt to life as a professional, there has to be veteran leadership in the dressing room as well.
To that end, last year the Canadiens signed veteran AHLer’s Martin St.Pierre and Nick Tarnasky. Both are gone to unrestricted free agency again, along with another veteran, Mike Blunden, who will play for Tampa’s Syracuse Crunch farm team next season.
Along with Hensick the Bulldogs have only two skaters under contract over the age of 26, defensemen Davis Drewiske and Nathan McIver.
Bulldogs transactions since season end –
April 24th – F Daniel Carr signed to 2-year entry level contract. Free agent out of Union College.
May 8th – D-Greg Pateryn signs two year contract extension.
May 21 – G-Robert Mayer placed on waivers for purpose of gaining release.
May 22 – G-Mike Condon recalled by Canadiens from ECHL Wheeling
May 30 – D-Dalton Thrower signed to three-year entry level contract.
June 1st – Canadiens release rights to C-Brady Vail.
June 3rd – C-Joonas Nattinen (RFA) signs with MODO of Swedish National League
June 14th – C/RW Louis Leblanc RFA rights traded to Anaheim for conditional 5th round draft choice.
June 18th – Denver U Defenseman -David Makowski signs one year AHL contract with Bulldogs
July 1st – G-Joey MacDonald signed to one year two-way (UFA) contract
July 1st – RW Jiri Sekac signed by Canadiens to a Canadiens two year entry level contract
July 3rd – C- T.J. Hensick signed to one year Hamilton/AHL contract
From Montreal Canadiens/Hamilton Bulldogs Communications Department
MMONTREAL, QUEBEC – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Bulldogs have signed forward T.J. Hensick to a one-year American Hockey League contract for the 2014-2015 season.
Hensick split the 2013-2014 season between the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack and the Swedish Hockey League’s MODO. In 42 regular season games with Hartford, the 28-year-old recorded 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists) and no penalty minutes. In 31 regular season games with MODO, the Lansing, Michigan native registered 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) and two penalty minutes.
A veteran of seven professional seasons, Hensick has participated in four AHL All-Star Classics (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012) and was named to the AHL’s Second All-Star Team for the 2011-2012 season. In 363 career AHL regular season games with the Wolf Pack, Peoria Rivermen and Lake Erie Monsters, the 5’9”, 195-pound forward has compiled 371 points (111 goals, 260 assists) and 142 penalty minutes. In 112 career National Hockey League regular season games with the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche, he has recorded 38 points (12 goals, 26 assists) and 18 penalty minutes.
Before turning pro, Hensick played four seasons with the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s University of Michigan Wolverines. In 164 games with Michigan between 2003 and 2007, he recorded 222 points (75 goals, 147 assists) and 144 penalty minutes.
Hensick was originally selected by the Avalanche in the third round (88th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.