While the Canadiens prospects were skating through 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 scrimmages at Development Camp (Max Pacioretty looked GREAT!), the team swung a mnor deal, sending smurf-sized forward Corey Locke to the Wild for intriguing defence prospect Shawn Belle, Carey Price’s former junior teammate.
From the Habs’ PR commissariat:
General Manager Bob Gainey today announced the
acquisition of defenceman Shawn Belle from the Minnesota Wild, in return for forward Corey Locke.
Shawn Belle, 23, played in the American Hockey League for the past three seasons. In 2007-08, he
registered three points (1 goal, 2 assists) and 74 penalty minutes in 63 games with the Houston Aeros. The 6-2,
232 lbs defenceman played nine games for the Wild during the 2006-07 season, scoring an assist (0-1-1).
The Edmonton, Alberta native Belle was the St. Louis Blues’ first round selection, 30th overall in the 2003
NHL Entry Draft. His rights were traded to Dallas for Jason Bacashihua on June 25, 2004. The Wild acquired
him on March 9, 2006 with Martin Skoula, in return for Willie Mitchell and a second round pick in 2007.
A teammate of Carey Price with the WHL Tri-City Americans from 2003 to 2005, Belle was named to the
Canadian national team four times during his junior career. He earned a gold medal with Team Canada at the
2005 World Junior Championships.
Corey Locke was selected by the Canadiens in the fourth round, 113th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry
Draft. He spent the past four seasons with the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs and played his first NHL game with the
Canadiens on January 8 against Chicago.
• Belle’s profile at Hockey’s Future: