The Montreal Canadiens have inked prospects Gabriel Dumont and Morgan Ellis to one-year contracts the club announced on Monday.
According to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie, the deals are matching two-way contracts worth $575,000.
Dumont appeared in three games for the Canadiens in 2014-15 registering a minus-1 rating while averaging 9:07 in ice time. The 24-year-old spent a bulk of the season with the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs where he scored 20 goals and 45 points in 66 games.
The 5-foot-10, 189-pound forward was originally the fifth round selection (139th overall) at the 2009 NHL Draft. In 18 career NHL games, all with the Habs, Dumont has one goal and two assists.
Ellis appeared in 27 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2014-15 scoring three goals and nine points. The 6-foot-1, 207-pound defenseman also appeared in 39 ECHL games with the Wheeling Nailers scoring 13 goals and 26 points.
The 23-year-old was the Habs’ fourth round pick (117th overall) at the 2010 NHL Draft.
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.
Not every transaction can be of the Tuukka Rask tying Pekka Rinne atop the “highest cap hits for NHL goalies” variety. Here are some of the smaller moves from Wednesday:
- The San Jose Sharks signed/re-signed four players. Most notably, they locked up probable backup netminder Alex Stalock to a one-year deal and brought back defenseman Rob Davison (whose last name just begs for a d). The team also inked Matt Pelech and Adam Comrie to one-year pacts. Fear the Fin explains why the Davison transaction is a little surprising for Sharks fans.
- The Carolina Hurricanes signed defensemen Matt Corrente and Mark Flood to one-year, two-way deals. Both are worth the minimum at the NHL level ($550K) while Flood will get $175K in the AHL and Corrente is guaranteed at least $105K.
- The Ottawa Senators inked David Dziurzynski to a one-year, two-way deal as well. Dziurzynski likely caused many typos during his 12 regular season games in the NHL in 2013.
- If you’re tired of one-year deals, the Montreal Canadiens mixed things up with a two-year, two-way contract for Gabriel Dumont.
The Montreal Canadiens will be without forward Brian Gionta and Ryan White tonight in Ottawa for Game 4 of their series with the Senators.
Both players are out with upper-body injuries, according to the Montreal Gazette’s Dave Stubbs.
Jeff Halpern and Gabriel Dumont will draw in as replacements.
Gionta also missed Game 2 with an upper-body injury.
It’s not clear if White was hurt while fighting Ottawa’s Jared Cowen in Game 3.
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The Montreal Canadiens are welcoming home a familiar face.
Jeff Halpern was claimed off waivers from the New York Rangers and he’ll go from a team that’s not living up to expectations to one that’s vastly surpassing them.
Halpern played for the Habs during the 2010-11 season and played well for them in a third/fourth line role scoring 11 goals with 15 assists. He’ll likely assume a role on Montreal’s fourth line now as coach Michel Therrien has been using guys like Ryan White and Gabriel Dumont in that role this season.
This season with the Rangers, Halpern has no goals and one assist in 30 games and found himself a healthy scratch recently before being waived. He’s a veteran performer, however, and gives Montreal better depth up the middle.