The Canadiens have placed left wing Michaël Bournival on waivers. If he clears by noon Thursday he will join the St. John’s IceCaps for games this weekend in Utica and Binghamton New York.
It’s been a difficult eight and a half months for Bournival. Sometime in the middle of March, only two games after he had been assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs. Bournival started to complain of dizziness. The issue, which was never officially reported as a concussion, kept him out of Hamilton’s remaining fourteen games of the season.
The problem was still there when Bournival reported for training camp and doctors refused to clear him to participate in team practices. It is only in the last two weeks that he has been able to skate with the team and he finally has been okayed to play. Now his biggest problem will be conditioning.
Bournival, who was acquired from Colorado in a deal involving defenseman Ryan O’Byrne, has played in 89 games with the Canadiens scoring ten goals and nine assists. After playing 60 games with the Habs in 2013-2014, he spent all but 29 games of last season as either a healthy scratch or on the injury list before was sent down to Hamilton in early March.
Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu, who was staggered during a fight with Columbus forward Nick Foligno Wednesday night, was a full participant in Canadiens practice on Wednesday. Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien was questioned aggressively following the game about the perceived failure to follow concussion protocol after Beaulieu was clearly dazed in a fight with the Blue Jackets Nick Foligno midway through the second period. After serving his penalty, Beaulieu did not play a shift the remainder of the period but was an effective participant in the game’s final twenty minutes.