In preparation for the Hamilton Bulldog’s training camp opening on September 28th and in acknowledgement that the Canadiens own training camp isn’t starting anytime soon due to the NHL lockout, the Canadiens have assigned almost a full team’s worth of players to their AHL affiliate. These 21 represent the Bulldog’s share of the organization’s 47 NHL contracts.
Oddly, AHL stars winger Aaron Palushaj, defenseman Fredric St. Denis and goaltender Desjardins were not sent down. All three are waiver eligible and have a chance of making the Habs in a training camp so this is probably indication that the team: 1. Would prefer to keep them in the fold and 2. Consider them potential NHL players if there is a season this year. Mike Blunden is waiver eligible and got sent down, it seems the organization doesn’t care much if he gets snatched by another team.
The players sent down to be the bulk of Hamilton’s roster this year include:
Alexander Avtsin, Alain Berger, Michael Blunden, Michaël Bournival, Gabriel Dumont, Brendan Gallagher, Blake Geoffrion, Patrick Holland, Louis Leblanc, Philippe Lefebvre, Joonas Nattinen, Steven Quailer, Ian Schultz
Nathan Beaulieu, Morgan Ellis, Brendon Nash, Greg Pateryn, Joe Stejskal, Jarred Tinordi
Peter Delmas, Robert Mayer
UPDATE: Word is coming in that Palushaj, St. Denis and Desjardins will sign AHL only deals to bypass waivers.