Mar 10, 2012; Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA; Montreal Canadiens forward Aaron Palushaj (60) during the first period against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE

Subban goes to the Zoo, Palushaj gets a contract

The Montreal Canadiens have announced that Aaron Palushaj has signed a 1 year, 2-way contract

http://canadiens.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=637775

The Right Wing was excellent in Hamilton last season, scoring 35 points in 35 games for the AHL team. However, the young winger failed to make much of an impression during his 38 game NHL stint.

Palushaj has started to enter the “make or break” period of his career. At 23 years old and entering his 4th professional season, Palushaj will be waiver eligible next season, which usually marks the point were organizations begin to lose patience with a forward prospect that has yet to establish themselves as permanent NHLers, as they can be poached by another club with weaker depth on the waiver wire if they get sent down to Hamilton again. The challange for Palushaj will be to show that he can be a top nine forward in the NHL and is not merely an excellent AHL player that can’t translate his game to the big leagues (known by the baseball term “AAAA” player). If Palushaj is not an NHL forward by the end of next season then there’s a pretty decent chance he’ll find himself in a different organization.

 

On a lighter note, PK Subban continues to be his charming, amusing, self.  This time by living out a childhood dream to be a zookeeper.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Iod_ABZm2JE#t=244s

The bit with the penguins was the best.

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