Canadiens sign St. Denis, assign new numbers

St. Denis
The Canadiens have signed defenceman Frédéric St. Denis to a one-year, two way contract.
Smen who remain unsigned are RFAs P.K. Subban and Raphael Diaz (who filed for salary arbitration on Thursday), plus UFA Chris “He’s So Outta Here” Campoli, whose Canadiens’ jersey number has been reassigned.
Unsigned forwards are RFAs Lars Eller, Blake Geoffrion and Aaron Palushaj.

Brandon Prust becomes the only Canadien wearing a single-digit jersey number. He has been number 8 throughout his career and will keeep that number with the Canadiens.

Francis Bouillon was number 51 during his first stint with the team, but David Desharnais has that number. So Frankie the Bull becomes number 55.

Colby Armstrong was number 9 in Toronto, but the lifelong Canadiens fan knows that ain’t happening here. So he’ll wear number 20.

And Rene Bourque will be shedding number 27 to become 17, the number he wore with some success in Calgary. Campoli won’t be needing it anymore … at least not in blue-blanc-rouge.

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St.  Denis’s 17-games with the big club included the Canadiens final seven games of the season.

His ToI  during that stretch varied betweens 14 and almost 20 minutes, including service on the PK.

The team announcement:

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the signing of defenseman Frédéric St-Denis to a one-year, two-way contract (2012-13). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

St-Denis, 26, completed his fourth season in professional hockey in 2011-12. The defenseman notched three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in 17 games with the Canadiens, including his first NHL game on November 16 against the Carolina Hurricanes. He recorded 11 shots on goal, seven hits, 21 blocked shots and served 10 penalty minutes. St-Denis maintained a +3 plus/minus differential while averaging 14:31 of ice time per game.

The 5’11’’, 182 lbs defenseman finished tied for first among Bulldogs’ defensemen with 28 points (3 goals, 25 assists) in 58 games with Hamilton during the 2011-12 regular season. Two if his goals were scored on the powerplay. St-Denis led the Bulldogs’ defensemen in assists (25). He also collected 114 shots on goal and served 18 penalty minutes.

A native of Greenfield Park, Quebec, St-Denis signed with the Canadiens as a free agent on July 1, 2010.

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