Canadiens recall Aaron Palushaj; Pacioretty update


The Canadiens announced Tuesday that forward Aaron Palushaj has been recalled from the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldog, only two days after he was returned to the farm.

Palushaj will be in the lineup on Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.

The call-up became necessary after the injury to forward Max Pacioretty on Monday night.

Several reports on Tuesday indicate that there is no fracture to Pacioretty’s wrist. But the forward has suffered partially torn ligaments and there is no immediate timetable for his return. There is, however, no need for surgery, which is good news.


  1. habitantpeasoup says:

    never mine leblanc is injured


  2. habitantpeasoup says:

    How bout leblanc or Gallagher


  3. Barts says:

    Palushaj, just who the Habs need against Boston and Philly…man, wouldn’t Konopka have looked good in a Habs uni. Why oh why didn’t we sign him. Goal tonight against the Canes, he’s big, tough, and he’s one of the best faceoff guys in the league. But no, we’re going to fight our battles with our energy line, Palushaj, Nokalainen, and Darche…*sigh*

  4. HabsPEI31 says:

    Can I get choice C – Maybe, with subparas i) if they let Martin go; ii) if the person who comes in stops shuffling the lines like i) did, as if he was a carney at a carnival.

    “Only a goalie can appreciate what a goalie goes through.” – Jacques Plante

  5. AceTen says:

    Call up Gallagher already put him on the damn first line and PP and he’ll put the puck in the net.

  6. habbernack says:

    I wonder if molsons beer co. has to have a french speaking CEO or the best person availible

    ability is what you’re capable of doing.
    attitude determines how you do it

  7. DEANDALLEY says:

    The great Miller let in 3 softies on 13 shots so far tonight!

    “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing”

  8. habsgod says:

    i know that everyone doesn’t like pierre macguire including myself,but geoff molson did say that a g.m. must speak french well macguire does speak french and he’s well connected throughtout the league with every g.m. in the league,and his relationships with all the g.m.’s and player agents! plus macguire is very well connected in the junior programs in canada,us and russia,swededn,finland the chech republic and others countires because of his work at the world juniorshe knows alot about those players there strenghts and weakness! he has alot of knowledge about every player in the nhl as well! and he’s a smart man i think he’d do a great job! better than what gauthier is doing! and he’s also smart enough to keep trevor timmins on board and hire the poach the devils,redwings etc for their best scouts! plus he’s very close to scotty bowman who acts as an advisor to macguire which would help ! plus i think in trade talks pierre would fleece some g.m.’s inside of us get fleeced like we do now! if macguire is hired as gm i’d like to see him hire patrick roy has head coach!if molson doesn’t hire macguire then the only other guy if speaking french is a must well then pierre lacroix ex of the avalanche! if if molson decides that speaking french is a necessity then hire lamoriello!

    • Chris says:

      I don’t think Pierre McGuire is particularly well-connected with junior programs. He works for TSN’s world juniors coverage and gets to know the 24 guys for 8-10 countries for each tournament. Problem is, those guys have all been drafted for year .

      If McGuire was as good as he seems to think he is, he would have been scooped up years ago for one of the dozens of coaching/GM positions that have come along. Yet despite his not so thinly veiled campaigning in the media for a management position, he has rarely been as much as an afterthought.

      McGuire ripped the Habs for drafting Price because they had Jose Theodore. If he was really as well connected as he would have us believe, he should have known about Theodore’s off-ice antics and how very badly they would be received in the province of Quebec.

      McGuire also ripped the Habs for not drafting Angelo Esposito when they had the chance. Instead, they went with Ryan McDonagh, and history has proven that was a good draft pick.

      He had a conniption fit when they let Mike Komisarek go, saying that Markov would be lost without him. Komisarek is not as bad as many here make him out to be, but he was nowhere close to the player that McGuire thought he was.

      Mcguire is too bombastic to have any association with the Habs. He would implode under the pressure of a management or coaching position in Montreal.

    • habbernack says:

      Can he make good player decisions??

      ability is what you’re capable of doing.
      attitude determines how you do it

      • otter649 says:

        I heard a comment Doug Mclean made about PM this week – Mclean said he has talked to a bunch of Pens players (over the years) from The Stanley Cup Teams that PM was an assistant coach with & They said he was the best video coach they ever had not mentioning too much of his other assets as an assistant coach…….

    • The Dude says:

      Well if ya think about it ….it’s 2011 for Christ sake’s Jeff Molson ,I think there’s an Iphone app where ya speak English and out come’s french.More importantly you Jeff are now the caretaker of a 100 year old storied hockey franchise and you should be more concerned on whom can finally do the job correctly. On top of all this the Goat never give’s a freaking interview anyways,so if it wasn’t for his last name you wouldn’t know he was fu@king franco.Look we need more french players and the passion will come back but coach or management not a factor .

  9. showey47 says:

    Don’t use the guy in a 4th line role. Give him a regular shift in the top 9. Put darche on the 4th line with nokia and blunden.

  10. samTHEman says:

    From Hbuzz:

    “Craig Custance, in an ESPN Insider article this afternoon cited an NHL source who told him the Habs have contacted the Leafs about a defenseman. ”

    Watch Gauthier flip AK for Franson and a pick…if he does I’ll kill him in his sleep.

    Franson would be a good addition at 6’5″ and 213lbs, career +25. Comes from Nashville who plays tight defensively so might fit well here.

    It’s P.K. Tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Heard today on radio here in T.O. that Burke claims to be getting lots of calls for a dman.

      Scary part is Leafs would love to get rid of Komo!

      Unless we are getting Schenn or Phaneuf I don’t like the sounds of this. Burke gave nothing to get Franson, Brett Lebda!

    • zorro says:

      I’m watching a Nashville vs San Jose game, and asking myself, Why did we get rid of Francois Bouillion?? I can’t believe the hole we’ve dug ourselves into. How long before we climb out?

  11. AH says:

    Pacioretty out, Palushaj in…boy there’s depth for ya!….I feel so much better now….sigh!

  12. lukas-joshua says:

    There will be no playoffs this year.
    But some good will come of this. I would put money on it, that this will be the last year we see Gomez in a Habs jersey. We’ll be getting a new GM, and Coach. There’s going to be a top 5 draft pick for the Habs. I bet money that the new GM will build this teal with stronger players.

    • VancouverHab says:

      Hey — do they have a name for this mental malady? Gomophobia?

      Memo to haters: over two seasons we are a perfect “Zero-for-Gomez’s Absence.” Scott Gomez doesn’t play: we lose. That’s a perfect correlation in his Hab career.

      So the gibbering that we play better without Gomez is just that: gibbering nonsense.

    • habbernack says:

      Get rid of BG too for a totally fresh start

      ability is what you’re capable of doing.
      attitude determines how you do it

  13. Bill says:

    If Palushaj is going in Pacioretty’s spot, fine. But if they’re shuffling the deck and planning on Palushaj for the 4th line … I’d rather they call up a 4th-line type player.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  14. sampson12 says:

    Hey folks,

    Doing my best to stay positive lately, but it’s not easy.

    Just curious: for those of you who think JM should get the ax, or even for those of you who don’t, who are the likely top candidates for his replacement. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun suggested giving Michel Therrien a second go at it, noting that he has gained much experience since his first stint with the habs. Also I know Bob Hartley often comes up as a possible coach for the habs.

    Any other options? Hypothetically speaking of course, because I don’t think PG is about to make any moves that drastic yet, but who knows.

    • tbovs says:

      See, I think that Therrien wont be on he had his time here and you don’t see a lot of ex coaches get hired again….other than Jacques Lemair who I think has a “relationship” with Lou. I can see possible replacements being, in no particular order, Hartley, Crawford, Robinson….to name a few. Hell maybe we can get Bill Cower…seems everyone and their dog thinks they know more about hockey than JM so why not bridge the gap between sports. The only thing i look at is … none of those guys have a record like JM…he has more wins than hartley and therrien combined … his winning percentage is like 65% (not this year). When players give up on their coach you see like 6-1, 5-2 games with 20 shots…these guys haven’t given up on him…just us.

    • zorro says:

      JM is not going anywhere. This team will climb out of this and fight itself into a playoff spot, it’s going to be a fun ride, the best season yet. Keep in mind theirs 5 months of hockey remaining, so much can still happen, like win hockey games. Imagine the return of Andre Markov?? And how things can change real quick.

  15. HabinBurlington says:

    Welcome Back Mr. Palushaj, seemed like just yesterday you were up here.

  16. hansolo says:

    JM’s trying Emelin on the 4th line during practice today might have been so that Palushaj won’t have to do that, as he did last week. There might be some method to the madness…

  17. Neutral says:

    put palushaj with moen and Desharnais on the third line. give him a chance maybe they can create something…

  18. old fan says:

    We Habs fans don’t have to worry -how can this team keep losing with Jaroslav Halak in goal – Ryan O’Byrne, Stephane Robidas, Mark Streit, Ryan McDonagh, Sheldon Souray& Roman Hamrlik on D and the likes of Saku Koivu, Mike Ribeiro, Mickhail Grabovski, Chris Higgans, Max Lapierre, Matt D’Agostini, Guillaume Latendress, Sergi Kostitsyn, & Michael Ryder up front ?
    Oh Wait I forgot – Bob Gainey & the current GM Mr. Gauthier managed to give away all of the above for little or NO return -hence the current Habs are 29th in a 30 team league and not a lot of hope to improve much. It’s never too late to rebuild starting at the top -Mr. Gauthier should leave the organization immediately – Mr. Martin is a good hockey man and should kept on in some capacity, just not as head coach. Hire a new GM with a brand new philosophy on how to build a winning team & coach with some innovation for dealing with todays game. Lots of guys available. Too late to make major player changes for this season although they better find a D-man who can get the puck out of their own end so they can at least win a few games this season. We fans will have to wait till next season for a competitive team over the long haul.(again) – once a Habs fan always a Habs fan !

  19. Jocko says:


    For all the bloggers on this site from Calgary, I would like to try to arrange something for Nov. 21 against Boston (Schanks, maybe). I haven’t a clue how many of us living in Calgary are on this site, but drop me a line responding to this and let’s see what we can come up with for that date. Friends (who cheer for the Habs, of course) are welcome.


    I don’t want to see Maurice tonight, I want to see The Rocket!

  20. habbernack says:

    We need 92 out of a possible 154 pts to make the playoff. The last time it was lower was when the habs made 8th place with 88 pts

    ability is what you’re capable of doing.
    attitude determines how you do it

  21. EricMelvin says:

    Last season it could have been asked: “Given their 7-0 start, can the Leafs still miss the playoffs?” Just as absurd a question.

  22. Sharks9 says:

    Wow, more than half of the people here think the Habs can still make the playoffs.

    The comments definitely don’t make it seem that way.

    25 before 14

    • mike3131 says:

      We can make it if we fire JM!

    • Bob_Sacamano says:

      It´s actually a stupid question. Of course they can. Will they make the playoffs? Now, that´s something completely different and quite frankly, I have no idea.

    • OneTimer says:

      The most vocal members of HI/O are disproportionately made up of pessimistic, cynical Negative Nancies? You don’t say! 😉

      • Habfan4lfe says:

        Actually you should listen to those nancies more. JM has to go or this club is going nowhere. Don’t you see that or you think we are just in a rut? Don’t you see the useless trades? The loss of good players who are doing good jobs elsewhere in the league? The unimaginative and scrambled lineups and strategies? The non-existent commotion or arguing over penalties? No you just see a big man with dumbo like ears doing nothing and showing nothing. Probably wasting my time eh? we’re just a bunch of nancies.

        I said it before I’ll say it again, JM didn’t leave coaching for nothing. He was washed up when we got him. Thankfully this time for JM he has a good insurance policy at $1mil if terminated early. At least he looked out for himself in the end.

        Even more funny, Martin is apparently not worried about getting fired. Oh he doesn’t read the paper or watch tv or listen to radio!! ooooohhhh! He’s so smart. Or maybe you think it’s because his best bud also previously from Ottawa hired him? Or what about the bench counterparts, are they not from Ottawa too? Wow what a nice setting there for Martin. I wouldn’t be worried if I were him given the situation.

        Get rid of both of them Molson guys.

        • Mattyleg says:

          Heh heh. Classic Commentariat response: “No, no, you SHOULD listen to ‘us'”

          It’s even got “I said it before I’ll say it again [sic]”

          It’s a framer.

          Oh, and a final nod to incorrect information too.

          “Both of them Molson guys.” Who is that, now? The management team (three guys, but nevermind) that was signed under Gillette, or Geoff Molson (one guy)?

          But who cares about facts or logic, eh?

          “I told you so!!!”

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

  23. JF says:

    The guys on RDS were saying last night that Palushaj and Engqvist had been given a chance and shown they couldn’t contribute. This is true of Engqvist, who just seems too slow, but I don’t think playing Palushaj for a few minutes a game on the fourth line can be called giving him a chance. It was what Pacioretty was talking about last year when he said he’d rather play on one of the top lines in Hamilton than on the fourth in Montreal. Palushaj is a speedster and a scorer; if he is to have any impact, he needs to play on a scoring line, not a grinding, hitting, checking line (not that we can be said to have one).

    • EricMelvin says:

      Palushaj makes me think of early Ribiero; flashes of playmaking snazziness followed by a lack of finish. Ribiero turned out ok, maybe with a little TOI and indulgence Paloosh will blossom too.

      Cue the Mickey Ribs bashing in 3…2…1…

      • Mark C says:

        It will come for Palushaj, his scoring has improved each year.

      • Mattyleg says:

        No Ribsy bashing here, he just couldn’t handle his massive fame in his hometown. I think that management didn’t help him very much, nor any of the young players during that period.

        As for Palushaj, he needs to do his time on the bottom lines before he can play top minutes. That’s the way it goes.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • habbernack says:

      Right on!! JF

      ability is what you’re capable of doing.
      attitude determines how you do it

  24. NCRhabsfan says:

    Nah, don’t put him on line 4, that’s a waste of time – he’s not a line 4 type of player. Stick him in Max Pac’s spot and see how he does with 15 minutes a game with the “skill” guys. It cannot get worse and maybe he’ll blossom into a 20 goal a year guy. I think that’s how they have him projected.

  25. Propwash says:

    Poor guy, on the bus on the way to Hamilton, only to turn 180 degrees on the 401 and head back.


  26. 24 Cups says:

    All of those people who had a nuclear meltdown this morning because Emelin played wing in practice can now breathe easier.

    Another forward will be in place to take the spot of MaxPac.

  27. BadHabit says:

    Last chance for Palushaj, I would think… Hopefully they don’t put him on line 4.

    • JF says:

      I doubt it’s his last chance with all the injuries we have. He’ll go back down when Pacioretty returns, but someone else is bound to be injured at some point, so he’ll be back up.

    • habbernack says:

      Why would it be his last chance?? giving up on prospects pretty quick aren’t you.

      ability is what you’re capable of doing.
      attitude determines how you do it

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