With the Canadiens’ injury list growing – Brandon Prust’s shoulder injury will keep the rugged forward out of the lineup for four weeks – GM Marc Bergevin travelled to Hamilton Sunday to check in on what’s available on the farm.
On Monday morning, the Canadiens announced that forwards Mike Blunden and Patrick Holland have been called up from the AHL Bulldogs. And late Monday afternoon, the club announced that defenceman Nathan Beaulieu, who had quietly been returned to Hamilton on the weekend, had also been called up to the Canadiens.
The Bulldogs lost 2-1 to the Toronto Marlies while getting only 18 shots on goal Sunday. Blunden scored the lone Hamilton goal. In three games with the Bulldogs, Blunden had two goals and an assist and was plus-3. Holland had one goal and one assist in four games and was plus-4. Defenceman Greg Pateryn leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 2-2-4 totals.
Joining Prust and Max Pacioretty on the Canadiens’ injured list is Daniel Briere, who is out indefinitely with a concussion suffered in Saturday’s loss to Nashville. Alexei Emelin, George Parros and Douglas Murray – also sidelined with injuries – all skated Monday in Brossard with strength coach Pierre Allard.
Blunden and Holland joined Ryan White on the fourth line for Monday’s practice, while rookie Michael Bournival was told he’s staying in Montreal for the long run.
“We told to Michael Bournival this morning that he can start looking for an apartment,” coach Michel Therrien told reporters in Brossard.
Here’s how all the lines and defence pairings looked at Monday’s practice:
(Photo by John Kenney/The Gazette)