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Habs recall Palushaj

The Habs managed to spoil Winnipeg's huge "homecoming party", but lost Michael Cammalleri in the process and as a result, have recalled forward Aaron Palushaj from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL.  Cammalleri, who is expected to miss the next two weeks with a lower body injury, managed to score the first goal in last night's game, and the first goal against the returning Jets team. 

No More Betts

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Gritty forward Blair Betts didn't stay long with the Montreal Canadiens.  Only a few days after being claimed on the waivers by the Habs, the 31 year old centerman was sent back to the Flyers, reversing Habs waiver claim on the basis of a lengthy NHL bylaw 11.8 (a).  The bylaw states that a player claimed on waivers may be returned if he's deemed to be physically unfit.  Commissioner Gary Bettman made the decision after reviewing submissions from both teams.

Bulldogs open with a win

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The Hamilton Bulldogs opened their season on October 8th against the Rochester Americans with a 5-2 victory in front of 6,123 fans at the Copps Coliseum.  Brock Trotter, the newly returned, and Frederic St-Denis, the defenseman who impressed many at the Montreal Canadiens' training camp, shined in the victory and scored two goals each.  Trotter also registered two assists for a four point night.  Nathan Lawson recorded his first win for the season with 28 saves on 30 shots. 

Habs sign Free Agent Joe Callahan

The Canadiens showed how much help they may end up needing this season on the blue line and signed  free agent defenseman Joe Callahan to a one-year two way contract.  The financial terms of the contract were not disclosed as per the team policies.   

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.  

Habs sign Campoli as depth move

The Montreal Canadiens have signed defensemen Chris Campoli to a one year contract worth 1.75 million dollars. A native of North York, On., Campoli played 77 games with Chicago and Ottawa last season tallying up 21 points in the process. This move will lead many to speculate that Andrei Markov may need longer to recover than originally expected or that maybe the coaching staff is feeling a little uneasy with their defensive core. Either way, Campoli should be a solid addition with his 6’0, 190 lbs. frame and his 6 years of NHL experience.

Habs sign Markov for $17.5 Million

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Pierre Gauthier bowed down in front of Andrei Markov.  "We are very pleased that Andrei has made the decision to pursue his career with the Montreal Canadiens,"said Gauthier in a statement. "A player drafted and developed by our organization, Andrei brings a high level of talent and leadership to our team.  We look forward to having him back in our lineup for the start of the upcoming season."

Pouliot not part of the plans?

With the draft approaching and the free agent frenzy set to begin soon, there are still a few question marks left in Montreal's camp with regards to the RFAs and the UFAs.  Benoit Pouliot is one of those question marks.  The 24 year old winger is currently an RFA and from all indications, there has been no offers made to him and no negotiations have taken place.  It seems likely that Benny is not part of Montreal's plans for the 2011-2012 season. 

Hamrlik gets an offer?

It is all but confirmed, at least in the media, that Roman Hamrlik will not return with the Habs.  With Jaroslav Spaeck, Hal Gill, Alexei Yemelin, PK Subban confirmed and with Yannick Weber (a 2 year term) and Andrei Markov (another 2 year term) rumored to sign very soon, it seems improbable that Montreal will tend an offer to the aging Hamrlik.  There is also the Josh Gorges file, who may come to an agreement with the Habs soon enough for a 3-4 year long term worth $2.5 to $2.75 Million per year.   Again, that does not leave any room for Roman Hamrlik but it seems that