Yesterday, Montreal head coach Michel Therrien said he wouldn’t call up an extra defenseman this week.
Today, he changed his mind.
The Canadiens recalled Nathan Beaulieu from AHL Hamilton on Tuesday, giving them an extra/emergency defenseman prior to tonight’s season opening tilt with the Maple Leafs.
Therrien had started his club wasn’t going to call up any blueliners after making his final roster decisions Monday, and was OK going with a six-man unit of Francis Bouillon, Raphael Diaz, Josh Gorges, Andrei Markov, P.K. Subban and Jarred Tinordi. Davis Drewiske, Douglas Murray and Alexei Emelin are all out injured.
Beaulieu, 20, was Montreal’s first-round pick (17th overall) at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, and was one of the team’s final cuts from training camp. He was dispatched to the Bulldogs on Monday, along with forward Gabriel Dumont.