Canadiens sign Desjardins, Russell

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.

Mike Keane has been released by the Manitoba Moose

So what’s BGL up to while he waits to be signed?


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).
The 6-foot,
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.
A native
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.


  1. newyorkcity says:

    I’ve seen Desjardins play.  He’s good, but I don’t know if he has NHL stuff.  Obviously, we are about to learn, eh?

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  2. MontrealAtheist says:

    Desjardins better not dare to be better than Carey “the future” Price, otherwise he’ll be traded away faster than he can count to 10.

    For improved job security he should always let in a few softies on purpose as to avoid endangering Price’s #1 spot.

  3. bostonantifan says:

    Only two things wrong with this rumour.

    1.  The Canadiens don’t have a “significant power forward prospect” in their system.

    2.  Even if they did have one, they’d be nuts to trade him, as they don’t have any “significant power” forwards on the NHL team!

  4. jkirk says:

    My guess? Martin is the next one who loses his job over Jar-Jar Price. 

    Martin made it clear last year that he chose the ‘backup’ over Price based on a roughly open competition for the #1 spot. Presumably, he will do the same again this year, in defiance of Gainey et al, and then he’ll go the way of the Carbo. 


  5. avatar_58 says:

    Hamrlik’s “missed the bus” a few times last season….

    Oh wait you meant the actual vehicle?

  6. HardHabits says:

    Tony’s (habs_guru) is challenging Yeats for the most multiple personalities on HIO. Come to think of it Nahlsy is up there too.

  7. Bill J says:

    +1 for K-Hab

    -1 to HH for messing up on the “Superhero” names given to our past & present goalies.

  8. K-hab25 says:

    “The annointed one” was traded to the Blues, we have the Franchise.

  9. Bill J says:


    ^^ that’s how far my open mouthed jaw fell when I read your post! lol

  10. gmd says:

    That’s the last thing Montreal needs, an over rated injury prone useless D-Man in Bieksa.  If you watch a lot of Canucks games you’ll see that he takes too many stupid penalties and pinches in at the wrong times.  I’d rather the Habs called up someone from the Bulldogs to fill in for injured players.

  11. punkster says:

    This is bound to bring out the Sybil in him for sure. Expect multiple posts.


  12. Malreg says:

    Well there are some bloggers at his site that are worth reading.  Engels, Hindle, Strickland…


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