Canadiens recall Engqvist from Bulldogs

The Canadiens announced Wednesday that centreman Andreas Engqvist
has been called up from the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs. Engqvist will take
part in the team practice on Thursday, at the Bell Sports Complex in

The callup became necessary after Michael Cammalleri and Max Pacioretty were injured on Tuesday night in Buffalo. Cammalleri has a shoulder separation, Max-Pac bruised ribs.

Cammalleri, who suffered a knee injury around this time last season, will be out at least a month. Paciorett is feeling soreness and will be day-to-day.

The Engqvist call-up is a bit of a surprise. There was speculation Ryan White would be the Bulldog summoned to The Show.

Engqvist is the first Swedish Canadien since Niklas Sundström played six games in the 2005-’06 season.

Hockey’ on Enggqvist: He is a big, talented, and versatile center. He has good offensive
instincts and is not a liability defensively. Engqvist makes use of his
size and hands to score goals from in around the net. He has also been
used on the wing at times this season.

More to come.

The team’s release:

The Montreal Canadiens announced today that centreman Andreas Engqvist has been called up from the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs. Engqvist will take part in the team practice on Thursday, at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.
The 6’04’’, 197 lbs centreman, aged 23, appeared in 38 games with the Bulldogs this season, registering 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists). One of his goals was scored on the power play. Engqvist has also collected 73 shots on goal, maintained a +5 plus/minus differential and served 10 penalty minutes.
Engqvist played with Djurgarden of the Swedish Elite League from 2005-06 to 2009-10, recording 58 points (29-29-58) and 74 penalty minutes in 181 games. He also amassed 4 points (1-3-4) in 9 games in the 2010 World Hockey Championship in Germany.
A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Engqvist signed with the Canadiens as a free agent on July 13, 2009.

In November, Garry McKay profiled Engqvist in the Hamilton Spectator:

Andreas Engqvist is learning to do more with less.

The Hamilton Bulldogs rookie centre from Sweden is
playing his first season on the smaller North American-sized ice
surface and he admits it does take some getting used to.

“The play comes at you quicker on the smaller ice
here and because of that everything has to be quicker,” says the
6-foot-3, 198-pounder from Stockholm. “You get more shot opportunities
here and you also get open spaces in different places than on the bigger
ice surface in Europe.

“I like playing on the small ice and every day it
feels better. I’m learning new stuff every day and I’m starting to feel
pretty comfortable with this ice.”

Engqvist, who turns 23 on Dec. 23, has played for
Djurgårdens IF, in Stockholm, in the Swedish Elite League the past four
seasons. He also played for Sweden in this year’s world hockey
championships in Germany where he had a goal and three assists in nine
games in helping the Tre Kronor to a bronze medal.

He was undrafted but signed as a free agent with the Montreal Canadiens this past summer.

Engqvist has been used primarily in a checking
role so far with the Dogs. In 12 games, he’s managed two goals and three
assists and is a plus two playing against many of the other teams’ top

“Over here, there’s much more forechecking than there is in Sweden,” he says.

“The defensive play over there is more calm, here it’s check, check, check.”

Bulldogs head coach Randy Cunneyworth thinks Engqvist is adapting quickly to what he’s being asked to do.

“I think he’s been thrust into a more defensive
roll for us than maybe he has been from his previous teams. I don’t
think we want to limit his offence in any way. In fact, he has as much
licence as our most offensive guys, but obviously a lot of his energy is
going toward taking on the top lines on the other team and winning
those valuable faceoffs and he’s doing a great job at that,” he said.

“He’s a big, strong, smart player who can be very effective at both ends and we like his progress so far,” Cunneyworth added.

Engqvist calls his first National Hockey League
training camp with the Habs a pretty cool experience, especially since
he got into several pre-season games.

But, he says, he came over knowing most European
players don’t crack NHL lineups right off the bat and he might have to
play a season in Hamilton.


  1. lemess says:

    Thank you for my new facebook status:)

  2. StevieRay says:

    Him & Eller have nice size and are real prospects and shoould be around for a while …so add Pleks to the mix and things look bright ..but wait … we have Gomez for 3 more years along with his hideous salary …how we gonna manage that …especially with Price looking real good and will be looking for big bucks say 5 – 6 million/year in 2 years ????? decisions…decisions…

  3. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Sorry Tommy B. I clicked to respond to a post above yours, to a poster who did do a Don Cherry (IMHO) and it dropped under you.

  4. adam76 says:


  5. gumper says:

    Yeah, just a little Max-crack;)

  6. Danno says:

    I’ve seen teams that suck. But the Leafs are the suckiest sucks that ever sucked!


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

  7. Danno says:

    You were just ribbing us eh gumper?


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

  8. observer says:

    they have one. the guy who was banned in college hockey. conboy.




  9. WestHab says:

    not a time to panic. Max could be back sooner than expected if you can believe RDS. Cammy will be back in a month at worst. Providing Price keeps up his pace we’ll have a chance to win each night. But I’ll take Umberger.

    – Who will be at the Heritage Classic?

  10. observer says:

    freeze block

  11. gumper says:

    Bad news that Max’s rib isn’t fractured. Means Wiz has lost a little velocity on the slapper.


    But seriously folks…

    It’s interesting to see the steady stream of players coming up from the Hammer. For the most part they are fitting in seamlessly.  All hale the system in its pervasiveness!!

  12. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    4-0 already!!! what a joke franchise!!

  13. observer says:

    a lot of sorrow in toronto right now down 4-0 after they said it was a huge game for the leafs.

  14. WestHab says:

    If we need the leaves to get us into the playoffs, I’d rather not.

    – Who will be at the Heritage Classic?

  15. HabFanSince72 says:

    Yeah, but they also say Cammy is out for at least 4 weeks.

    Not good.


  16. king ddd says:

    couple of statex or dilaudid should do it

  17. anotherhab says:

    I wonder how hot PG’s phone was today! A lot of teams think they are still in the playoff hunt so they are probably reluctant in letting go goal scorers — unless of course we overpay, which I doubt PG will do! I do think he needs to do something!

    So who might be available on the weaker teams that may come for a prospect and a pick, Someone who’s capable of filling in for Cammy and also help with some goals for the remainder of the year??? 

    Edmonton has Penner with another year at 4.5M and has 14G. Columbus has possibly Umberger with 16G (3.75M for another year), also Voracek with 29pts, 9G (RFA). Moulson from the Isles is also a UFA at 2.45M with 14G. And there’s Tanguay who has 33pts and is a UFA (1.7M), he would more than likely be least expensive pickup — I know we’ve been down that road before, however it’s just for the year and hopefully the playoffs!!  Who would you pick??


  18. observer says:

    He was an outstanding player at olivegardens the last few years!

  19. joeybarrie says:

    So the NYR were worried about this game without Dubinsky. Then they got on the ice and realized they were playing the TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS……….

    Man, can they win one freakin game for us…

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

  20. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    C’mon Tony, we all know the Leafs are a garbage franchise run by misfits.

  21. observer says:

    But it counts as a safety against you.

  22. observer says:

    When you need the Leafs! They should bring back Reimer and send the monster back to Sweden.

  23. WestHab says:

    About wearing #66, woudln’t HNIC just love that give cherry material for 3 weeks.

    – Who will be at the Heritage Classic?

  24. SeriousFan09 says:


    I get a sense of Lemieux as well, in the sense that both of them are 6’4″, it ends right there though.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  25. Danno says:

    Drugs saved my life.


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

  26. LA Loyalist says:

    PRESS RELEASE: Jacques Martin has asked the NHL for an injury exemption allowing Habs to borrow a CFL rule allowing us to “punt” the puck from behind our own blue line rather than actually having to carry it forward down the ice via players. Regular icing rules would apply.

    If Habs manage to drop the puck in the offensive zone (not over the goal line) a face-off would occur in the offensive zone.

    The NHL office in Toronto declined to comment until they had a chance to discuss with Brian Burke and Ontario Teachers’ Union that runs the NHL.


  27. Hockey Socks says:

    Losing Halpern means losing a key PK and faceoff guy. They need someone with a similar skill set (particularly on faceoffs) and Engqvist is the guy.

  28. WestHab says:

    Thanks for that great news for now I’ll let myself believe it. The will try to skate tomorrow is encouraging. Max has been so important since coming up. His size is refreshing for our top six and gives this team much needed balance.


    – Who will be at the Heritage Classic?

  29. ProHabs says:

    Great call-up. Have seen this guy play a couple of times and his resemblance to Mario Lemieux is uncanning. Lets hope he wears number 66 for the Habs and watch him go.

  30. Chips says:

    Didn’t see this one coming, but I think it is likely a very good move. Honestly I totaly forgot about him being in Hamilton.





    25 in 2011

  31. JohnnyBEast says:

    If Eller didn’t have his opportunity before, he definitely will now. I think he had one of his best games last night. I hope he begins to find open areas on the ice. I think this stretch without cammy and maxpac will also dictate whether or not Ak46 gets a new contract from the Habs.

    I hope Gauthier doesn’t begin to scrammble and trade away picks and prospects for spair parts. Unless of course we are getting lit every night.

  32. TommyB says:

    No.  Berkely Orange.  I might have seen my hands as flippers at some point, though.

  33. fbkj says:

    thalydamide baby? how typin with those flippers?

  34. fbkj says:


    only cavemen, suits and tweenage girls use blackberries

    and lol re: sp

  35. TommyB says:

    Let’s assume that is true.  Then that is very good news.  Pain can be dealt with pharmaceutically (yes, I’m a product of the 60’s). 

  36. HardHabits says:

    Just read it at RDS. You keeping that iPhone/BlackBerry warm I see. 😉

    I dunno why but this post makes me think of the South Park episode “Creme Fraiche”

  37. fbkj says:

    my pants buzzing pwns reneau lavoie

  38. 134 says:

    RDS Reneau Lavoie just tweeted that MaxPac has bruised ribs. He saw the docs this afternoon and will try to skate tomorrow. They did a couple of tests and x-ray and the results are negative. Nevertheless he’s still in a lot of pain. 

    That’s certainly very encouraging and I’m so relieved to hear that!

  39. mbplekfan says:

    It will be nice to put out a big center for a change. Size is important in todays NHL.

  40. fbkj says:

    pants buzzed

    maxpac’s rib aint fractured

    severely bruised

  41. HabFanSince72 says:

    Who thinks the Habs should signsome minor league psychopath to be our designated fighter.


    There’s Jon “Nasty” Mirasty. The guy is like 5’4″ but he took on Boogaard like three times.



    Then there is Frank “The Animal” Bialowas.

    With a name like that, he has to be special.




  42. TommyB says:

    Don’t know where the hell you got the Don Cherryoid comment on Swedes from.  I suggest you re-read my comment without reading that into it.  Never said, nor implied, that at all.  I was strictly talking about the qualities as a player Endqvist brings, that White would not. 


  43. StevieRay says:

    6′ 4″…200 lbs ….. That’s what I’m talking about …

  44. Just A Guy says:

    Ha, well at least, yes. Tom tried to stick up for his teammates when he felt players were taking liberties with them. Ryan White is cut from the same cloth, though I can’t remember any of his fights, I think he’s a better fighter then Tom.

    “Tell him he’s Wayne Gretzky.” – Oilers coach Ted Green, after Shaun Van Allen suffered a concussion and couldn’t remember who he was.

  45. TommyB says:

    Yeah, I wasn’t going to mention any names….but, yeah.

  46. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    After training camp, it appeared the role as a call up in situations like this was White’s to lose. And he lost it.

    As for the Don Cherryoid comment on Swedes, I guess you never heard of Mats Naslund? I don’t know much about this call up, but let’s assume he’s earned it. Assume he’s a hard worker with talent, and see what pans out here.


  47. Just A Guy says:

    I forgot to include that Pouliot and Kostitsyn have the opportunity to take control of their destiny right now. Eller is a bit of a weak link, maybe, but if those two can play to their potential, maybe losing Cam won’t be so bad. After all Patches was brought up because JM/managment was reluctant to put Pouliot in the top 6. Needless to say I have a doubt, but I’m more then willing to mix that doubt with a hope.

    Pouliot is the teams best scorer per ice time and Kostitsyn leads the +/- and hits I think so its not like they aren’t getting involved in certain aspects of the game, I think everyone would say that its they can’t bring a complete game at a consitent basis.

    “Tell him he’s Wayne Gretzky.” – Oilers coach Ted Green, after Shaun Van Allen suffered a concussion and couldn’t remember who he was.

  48. HabFanSince72 says:

    pull a Tom Kostoplous on the next guy that takes a run at one of our guys …

    A Tom Kostopoulos? You mean allow the other guy to repeatedly hit you in the face?


  49. aemarchand11 says:

    Wasn’t Carbo the exact same with the Media? Just say the answer that will cause the least amount of media? I thought being an NHL coach for a respectable Oraganization was all about using Clichés? We dont have a coach with a big mouth like Wilson or Torts who walk the line in every interview.

    We won two playoff series with that dinosaur behind the bench, more than we have done since the last cup run. He drives me nuts with his boring system, but the fact is we’re winning and more successful then we were with Carbos up tempo version.

    Go Habs Go!

  50. TommyB says:

    I wasn’t thinking of White in terms of offensive thrust.  I just wanted to see someone come up and ring a few bells on opposition players.  But, from what I am reading here, it doesn’t seem as though Ryan White is doing very good at that either.  Funny how, as you say, training camp impressions of certain players linger longer than the reality of their capabilities.

  51. aemarchand11 says:

    He’s fast and he plays a team first style of game. Which is needed on our bottom six so the opposition doesnt get away with dirty headshots, a la Keleta.

    Pouliot and AK will be in the top six, and with them out of the bottom we need replacements.

    Go Habs Go!

  52. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    What Martin tells the media, and what Martin tells the players can be, and probably are, often two different things.

  53. PeterD says:

    I see a lot of folks on HIO calling for Ryan White to be brought up…what’s with the love affair for this guy…so he had a good camp in Sept.  SO WHAT.  What has he done lately?  What someone does in training camp should get him an invite to the big club if there is room…what you do on the farm is what should get you and invite to the show during the season.

    Just like Patches and Desharnais…they had good camps, but continued their performance in Hamilton.  That’s why they wer called up, not for what they showed in Sept. at camp.

    OK so White was injured and missed 14 game…but after 28 games in Hamilton he is not exactly tearing up the league.  White has 2 goals and 8 assists (10 pts) for 16th on the team in scoring (18th if you include Patches and Desharnais totals).  Dustin Boyd has 11 goals in half the number of games (14 games) as White (28 games).

    I think we have enough grinders in the dressing room now…what we need is offensive forwards and those are few and far between in our system right now.

  54. punkster says:

    a) The article is a bit wishy-washy. Does Cox want to take a stand on this, call out the league and NHLPA and make some suggestions? Seems like he may want to but for now he’s just milking the story. When he gets up a head of steam he may actually add something to the debate but for now, not really.

    b) Hard to say what the Habs will do as a group because you have all sides represented (owners, management and players). It would be nice to see them take the lead on the subject and come up with a concerted effort to stop the madness but I don’t know how they’d do it (geez, now I sound like Randy Tieman…I don’t know…I don’t know). Ban head shots, fine the player who does one additionally over and above the league fine, sit the player for X number of games…whatever it takes.


  55. TommyB says:

    Tough situation for a GM to be in.  Not much available talent in the minors, and the time frame for the injuries is not quite long enough to make a significant move, tradewise.   Not to mention he would be dealing from a distinct disadvantage.  I expect the Habs to band-aid their way through the next month and rely on Carey Price to save them night after night.  What else is new?  However, should the team take a serious nosedive in the standings, then I would expect something to be done, disadvantaged from a trade posititon, or not.   Best case scnenario would be for a couple of guys to step up their play (without mentioning names) and provide some kind of cushion for the team.  The next 4-6 games should tell the tale.

  56. PeterD says:

    double post sorry

  57. Just A Guy says:

    As much as I want to see Ryan White called up and at least pull a Tom Kostoplous on the next guy that takes a run at one of our guys, Enqvist is most likely here to replace Halpern for a spell. Don’t be suprised to see someone else called up. However, with Pyatt, Darche and Moen already on the team, don’t expect White to get the call.

    I don’t think there is an immedeate solution to the problems facing the habs for the next 4 weeks at best. JM’s system will help them win games, but teams can counter and isolate the teams top players now.

    “Tell him he’s Wayne Gretzky.” – Oilers coach Ted Green, after Shaun Van Allen suffered a concussion and couldn’t remember who he was.

  58. scrowe21 says:

    From the little I’ve seen, and what I’ve heard..White is having a pretty bad season in the AHL, and gets whooped in every fight.

  59. Danno says:

    Never say never. Never!

    Stay thirsty my friends!


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

  60. fbkj says:

    rds app is quite biased

  61. Will Longlade says:

    Any word on Halpern’s status? Engqvist seems to be cut in Halpern’s mold, but it’s also possible he’ll fill in on wing on the third or fourth line allowing Pouliot and AK46 to move up to the top six.

  62. HabsFansince49 says:

    My estimation of Carey Price rose significantly last night not because of his brilliant goal-tending but for the spontaneous mutual patting exchange between him and PK.  It was a wonderful gesture especially in light of Martin’s awful implied scolding of PK when he was interviewed prior to the game on TSN.  PK is the future. Martin reflects everything that is wrong with NHL hockey. We will never win anything with that dinosaur behind the bench. 


    I don’t pretend to be an expert; just a die-hard Habs fan passing my opinion

  63. Say Ash says:

    Your pants didn’t buzz?

  64. LA Loyalist says:

    Headshots: Interesting but discouraging article in Toronto Star today by Damien Cox, a decent hockey writer, if you want to check it out.

    Bottom line: don’t hold your breath on the NHL side or the NHLPA doing anything anytime soon. Companion article quoting Don Cherry.

    Be interested in hearing commentariat takes a) the article itself and b) what Habs should be doing about this stuff in the interim.

  65. mbplekfan says:

    Endqvist has played in the Swedish Elite League so he has experience playing against top level competition. He is being brought up to win faceoffs and play as a shutdown center.

    He is not being brought up to score goals or ignite the power play.

    This guy is the top defensive forward in Hamilton. He will play 3rd or 4th line minutes and continue to learn the North American game. JM and the staff obviously feel he is close to NHL ready and probably will benefit from the experience otherwise White, Maxwell or Palushaj would have got the call.


  66. adamkennelly says:

    nice call up…Engqvist… I know if I was the coach/GM and my team just got punked all night in a game that resulted in the injury of 2 or 3 players, I would make sure to bring up the highest ranked Swede on my farm team…what a joke..


    P.S.  Ryan White anyone?

  67. fbkj says:

    what would i do without t3h g00gles

  68. TommyB says:

    As much as I was hoping for White, I suppose the versatility of this player is the key.  Offensive instincts and not a defensive liability, plays centre or the wing.  Exactly what you want from a fill in who may/may not see much ice time.  I know things definitely look bleak today, but let’s not get too bent out of shape.  No need to panic here.  It looks to me like Hamilton is basically made up of these type of players.  Can’t expect the next Guy Lafleur to come out of the Dogs.

  69. Say Ash says:

    Dubinsky out a month, eh? Happy Schadenfreude, everyone!

  70. PeterD says:

    SeriousFan9 pointed out a couple of weeks ago that we have a serious shortage of talent on the LW side in the system…I am not a fan of converting forwards to other positions to try and “fill in”…time for a trade to pick up a scoring LW Pierre…now more than ever we need that help along that side.

    We are at the point in the season where wins are everything to us making the playoffs or not…if in fact Cammi and Patches are out for up to a month each, we need to get some strong experience in here right now and not spend too much time experimenting and “looking” at how some of our Hamilton players may or may not do.  Right now we lost experience nad we ned to replace that experience and maturity with established players.  If it was October, I might be saying lets take a chance on the kids in Hamilton and see who steps up…but now…no way, there is just oo little time and too much at stake at this point in the season.

    If Cammi and Patches miss a month playing time…that puts their returns at about Mid Feb.  With a couple of weeks to get back into game shape…we are now at the end of Feb or early March.  Playoffs in early April…without serious scoring help to replace these two we will likely be out of the playoffs by then.

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