Canadiens recall Dawes, Palushaj


The Canadiens announced Wednesday that they have recalled forwards Nigel Dawes and Aaron Palushaj  from the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs.

Presumably, this is because of injuries to Tomas Plekanec and Jeff Halpern.

Montreal (March 16, 2011) – The Montreal Canadiens announced today that forwards Nigel Dawes and
Aaron Palushaj have been recalled from the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs. Dawes and Palushaj will join the
Canadiens, for tomorrow’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, at the Bell Centre.
Dawes, 26, played in nine games with the Atlanta Thrashers in 2010-11, his fourth NHL season. The 5’09”
and 200 lbs left winger recorded one assist while averaging 11:11 of time on ice. He played a total of 208 NHL
career regular season games with the Rangers, Phoenix Coyotes, Calgary Flames and Thrashers. He has registered
84 career points (39 goals, 45 assists) and 43 penalty minutes.
Dawes leads the Bulldogs with 54 points (33 goals, 21 assists) in 55 games this season. He ranks first on the
team and in the AHL with 33 goals. Nine of his goals have been tallied on the power play and one while
shorthanded. He displays a +7 plus/minus differential, has collected 169 shots on goal and served 17 penalty
Born in Winnipeg, Dawes was a fifth round pick, 149th selection overall, by the New York Rangers in 2003.
He was acquired from the Thrashers, along with Brent Sopel, last February 24.
Palushaj, 21, ranks third on the Bulldogs with 44 points (17 goals, 27 assists) in 57 games this season. Five
of his goals have been tallied on the power play. The 5’11’’ and 177 lbs right winger is tied for first on the Bulldogs
with a +15 plus/minus differential. He has registered 134 shots on goal and served 30 penalty minutes.
A native of Northville, Michigan, Palushaj was the St. Louis Blues’ fifth pick (second round, 44th overall) in
the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired from the Blues on March 2, 2010, in return for Matt D’Agostini.


  1. Miltie01 says:

    Grabovski was a combination of things……first he was more of the same, small skilled center, we wanted to upgrade there. The other factor was his relationship with the brothers Kostitsyn, they got rid of one, kept the other two.


    The Habs did not want to get rid of SK74. Earlier in his lasy season Calgary tried a few times to get him. There was a trade in principle made, but Bob said he wanted to sleep on it. The next day Bob called it off, he told Calgary that the kid had too much talent to give up on.

    The final straw was the stretch drive. The leaders got the team together amd as a group they decided they will hang tough as a team, and anyone not wanting to pull his weight and be a team guy would be shunned. Guess who decided to march to the beat of his own drum ? The other guys in the room shunned him, and they are the reason he is no longer here.

  2. Bill J says:

    Your weekly special will have to be called

    “Habs Present”

    The future has arrived it seems lol

  3. showey47 says:

    He would be a huge upgrade over pyatt. If we ever get healthy up front dawes should stay in over pyatt.

  4. habsfansince91 says:

    grabovsky asked for a trade so they traded him.

  5. DearyLeary says:

    We officially have half an AHL team.

  6. habstrinifan says:

    Hope his 5′ 9″ 200LBS is better constituted than mu 5′ 9″ 205lbs.. else we are in deep deep trouble. LOL.


    Seriously though I am excited.

  7. HabFab says:


    As does Dawes, Boyd has been out injured but is now scheduled to return after he gets over the flu.

  8. vanderglenn says:

    Only the most ignorant, no-nothing hockey commentators hate the habs. We all know who they are. Here in Ontario, the only hate I see is between Leafs and Sens fans. Anyway, maybe they all hate us because we continue to win (somehow) with half a freakin’ team.

  9. forskis says:

    Lupul has brought it up as well…and I am sure a few others have…Richards and Cherry just started the ball rolling.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  10. forskis says:

    Funny how Brad Marchand, a rookie doing well but trash talks via the media and is now up for a “disciplinary” phone call is not being called out for “not having any respect” compared to Subban who has not done anything heinous but is vilified by the League and the media.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  11. Ian Cobb says:

    As his confidence grows, we are going to be in for another treat with this guy.

  12. Ian Cobb says:

    Your right, but defensive responsibilities first and foremost.

  13. Caballero says:

    Our team is a punch line in the league.

    I hope our aging Ds are replaced with young players who are fast and tough as nails. We also need a good 4th line. The kind that can play hockey, but also kick butt. This is the reality of the NHL now. The change is not going to happen overnight, and in the meantime I am tired of our team getting manhandled.

  14. shiram says:

    He has flashes where he seems to be able to control the game like Pleks can do, pretty great to see.

  15. wd40 says:

    I just love those Montreal Bulldogs! <3

  16. avatar_58 says:

    Cammy – Gomez – Gionta
    AK46 – Eller – Pouliot
    Dawes – Desharnais – Palushaj
    Moen – Pyatt – White


  17. gK_HabsFan says:

    A guy to check out for the Draft Mark McNeill

    6’2, 210 lbs.  Ranked between 18 – 28 on most reports



  18. Psycho29 says:

    Hmmm….Heatley plays with Thornton….and Thornton made those negative comments about the league…..So I figure Heatley will get 20-24 games…


  19. Everlasting1 says:

    I’ve been watching the Peoria Rivermen all season lol


    Elohim:”Let us make an Adam in our image and after our likeness.” – Genesis 1:26

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  20. Captain aHab says:

    So how many games for Marchand and Heatley? Heatley was the worse of the two IMO. Marchand will get something even though he wasn’t penalized on the play….I think the league knows that if they don’t suspend him, they will lose whatever little shred of credibility they have left. Marchand will get 2 games and Heatley will get 3.

  21. Windwalker says:

    NOT Gomez…put Gomez with Pyatt and White…give Desharnais a chance with the first line.  leave Eller were he is.

  22. christophor says:

    Actually, I like these lines better than the ones I suggest below, but something tells me JM would switch Dawes and Pouliot.

  23. Danno says:

    Before everyone jumps to conclusions, the official word is that both Halpern and Plekanec are day-to-day and may even play on Thursday.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  24. Bill J says:

    And Marchand will be given “Player of the week” honours.



  25. Captain aHab says:

    Good point.

  26. lavie says:

    I hope (wish) Jimmy Bonneau or Alex Henry are (were) recalled.

    Playoff around the corner, this team needs to be physically and Psychologically big and strong to beat those “animals”.

  27. Bill J says:

    We already knew you where interested in the St Louis Blues franchise.

    It’s OK we get it, what we do not understand is why you think we care ?

  28. avatar_58 says:

    Gomez had killer minutes WITH Pleks. What makes you think minus Pleks he’ll get less time?

  29. joeybarrie says:

    We joked about it last season, but the truth is look what we got…. The Montreal Bulldogs.

    Eller, PK, DD, MaxPac, Weber, Darche, Pyatt, and White all played in the AHL last season.

    Also Sopel, Wiz, and Mara all started the season on a different team.

    I just can’t wait for next season when (hopefully) everyone will be back.  Imagine what we could be looking at with a healthy team???

    Craziest thing to me is that people say Jacques Martin is not a very good coach…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  30. avatar_58 says:

    I doubt it. Martin doesn’t throw callups into the fire right away. He’ll expect Dawes to produce before that happens. Or if the team starts playing like crap

  31. Bill J says:

    I do not delude myself, but quite honestly I do not care very much if someone does not like reading what I have to say.  What I do know without a doubt.

    Not many people like your contributions here.

    The people who do not like MY contributions here ?  Are folks that quite honestly took a wrong turn coming here.

    Hope your Blues fall flat on their faces.  Oh wait that already happened when they traded for our #2 goalie ?  😉

  32. HardHabits says:

    His masters told him to follow the Blues.

  33. Ian Cobb says:

    We have so much depth in our organisation, it is unbelievable. Only problem this year is that our depth is taking up two floors of the Montreal General Hospital.!!!

    Going to be a mighty competition for spots on the roster next fall though.!!

  34. Everlasting1 says:

    Don’t delude yourself thinking everyone cares what you have to say either. We’ll hear it anyways. Have a nice day.


    Elohim:”Let us make an Adam in our image and after our likeness.” – Genesis 1:26

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  35. Ian Cobb says:

    By the way, we have finally our first replacement for the Great Jean Beliveau.

    Lars Eller is the spitting image of big Jean at 21 years of age.

    He is going to be an outstanding player for us. A little more experience at this level and watch out.

  36. Bill J says:

    Yeah if this season would have lasted another month or two, the Habs would be pulling from the ECHL for depth.  Quite impressive is the fact that the Bulldogs have remained consistent.

    And WITHOUT Boucher… 😉

  37. OneTimer says:

    Actually, I care what he has to say, and I also don’t care about your Peoria Rivermen. I think is what you were looking for.

  38. Chuck says:

    You mean, “Peoria Rivermen-level goaltending”.

  39. HardHabits says:

    Bill J is a respected poster here. You are a troll. It’s two ends of the spectrum.

  40. Danno says:

    I agree Ian. There was a sequence by Lars last night that was just jaw-dropping.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  41. shiram says:

    Moen’s got a pretty nice point streak going, and compared to say Pouliot, he does seem to have stepped up his game. I would not expect the call ups to get top line nods so soon either.

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