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Panic Mode?

The Habs remain winless at home in the 2011-2012 season and despite everybody in the locker room taking a calm demeanor after the overtime loss against the Maple Leafs on Saturday, GM Pierre Gauthier made what some see as a panic move, or in others words, moves that show some sort of panic installing in the GMs' mind.  The Habs sent recently returned Brock Trotter along with a 7th round draft pick in the next year's NHL entry draft for center Petteri Nokelainen and minor league defenseman Garrett Stafford.  

Habs Recall Engqvist

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The Montreal Canadiens recalled Swedish centerman Andreas Engqvist only a day after assigning him to the Hamilton Bulldogs and acquiring center Blair Betts from the waivers.  The Habs signed the 6'4", 197 lbs centerman in July 2009 to a three year contract.  He was recalled twice by the Canadiens last season in mid-January and at the end of March.  During his short stints, he played three games with the Habs including his first NHL career game against the Ottawa Senators on January 21 averaging about ten minutes per game of ice-time. 

Gauthier claims new center

The Montreal Canadiens have claimed Center Blair Betts today in an effort to balance out their bottom two lines. At 6’3, 210 lbs., Betts will bring much needed size down the middle for the Habs and he also brings his penalty killing expertise along with him. Betts should provide to be a suitable replacement for former Hab Jeff Halpern and hopefully he will allow Tomas Plekanec to spend more time in the attacking zone.  

Plekanec, Halpern, Darche and Sopel on ice

Tomas Plekanec, Jeff Halpern, Brent Sopel and Mathieu Darche gave some good news to the Habs fans today and skated with the team at the morning practice.  Although their return for tonights game is not certain, it's most certainly a good sign that all four regulars were on the ice.  Both Plekanec and Halpern have missed the last three games after leaving the ice in the second period against the Washington Capitals last Tuesday.  While the team has not given any word on their injury status, they are expected to return to the lineup against the Capitals this coming Saturday

Plaushaj demoted, Engqvist Promoted

The Montreal Canadiens announced today that the Swedish centreman Andreas Engqvist will get another chance with the big boys for the second time this season.  The Habs signed the 6'4", 197 lbs centreman in July 2009 to a three year contract.  He has played 62 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs this season and has accumulated 21 points (8 goals, 13 assists) during that time.  He has also played two games with the Montreal Candiens in mid-January against Anaheim and Ottawa and averaged ten minutes per game of ice-time.  

Habs recall Ryan White

The Montreal Canadiens continued to deplete the Hamilton Bulldogs after the injuries suffered in the game against the Buffalo Sabres last Tuesday.  After announcing the callup of Andreas Engqvist yesterday, the Habs announced earlier today that Ryan White will be joining the team in Ottawa for tomorrow's game against the Senators at the Scotiabank Place.  Ryan White had an extremely impressive pre-season with the Habs and many speculated that he might remain with the team as he was one of the last players to be sent down to the Bulldogs.  The 22 years old, 6 feet, 198 lbs

Habs recall Engqvist

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The Montreal Canadiens announced earlier today that Swedish centreman Andreas Engqvist will be joining the team and will take part in the team practice on Thursday at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.  The Habs signed the 6'4", 197 lbs centreman in July 2009 to a three year contract.  He has played 38 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs this season and has accumulated 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) during that time.