As reported last week by The Gazette’s Patrick V. Hickey, the Canadiens have signed goaltender Cédrick Desjardins and forward Ryan Russell to one-year, two-way contracts.
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The team anouncements on Desjardins and Russell:
Desjardins, 24, led all AHL
goaltenders in 2009-10 with a 2.00 goals-against average in 47 games. He
posted a 29- 9-4 record, finishing fourth in the league in wins, second
in shutouts (6) and sixth with a .919 save percentage. Desjardins
helped the Bulldogs reach the AHL Western Conference Finals, while
posting a 6-4-0 record in 10 playoff games. He played in the AHL
All-Star Classic in 2010 and was named to the AHL Second All-Star Team.
His 29 wins set a franchise record for the most in a season by a
Bulldogs goaltender. He also set a franchise record with the longest
shutout streak by a Bulldogs goaltender (212:37 mins).
194-pound goaltender played 92 career regular season games with the
Bulldogs. He posted a 41-26-6 record along with 10 shutouts. Desjardins
won the Kelly Cup with the ECHL Cincinnati Cyclones in 2007-08 (Playoff
MVP), and the Memorial Cup with the Quebec Remparts in 2006.
of Edmundston, New Brunswick, Desjardins joined the Canadiens as a free
agent on July 3, 2008.
Russell, 23, played in 74 games
with the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2009-10. He finished sixth on the team
with 37 points (19 goals, 18 assists), and led the team with three
shorthanded goals. Russell also maintained a plus-16 differential, added
149 shots on goal and served eight penalty minutes. He added 12 points
(7-5-12) in 19 playoff games, while posting a plus-5 differential.
5-foot-10, 174-pound center has totaled 79 points (41 goals, 38
assists) in 178 career regular season games in the AHL with Hamilton.
Russell also played 12 games in 2007-08 with the ECHL’s Cincinnati
Cyclones, collecting 10 points (6-4-10) and contributing to the
Cyclones’ Kelly Cup Championship that year.
A native of Caroline,
Alberta, Russell was selected in the seventh round, 211th overall by the
New York Rangers at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by the
Canadiens in a transaction with the Rangers on May 31, 2007.