Pacioretty called up

The Canadiens have recalled Max Pacioretty from the Hamilton Bulldogs.

The announcement:

 Pacioretty, a 6’02’’, 208 lbs forward, aged 22, played 52 games with the Canadiens last season. He recorded 14 points (3-11-14), served 20 penalty minutes and registered 74 shots on goal, while averaging 14:43 minutes of ice time per game. In career in the NHL, Pacioretty has collected 25 points (6-19-25) in 86 games.

Pacioretty ranks tied for first with the Bulldogs and tied in first place in the AHL with 32 points (17 goals, 15 assists) in 27 games this season. He leads the league in goals and is tied for second in the AHL with 7 power play goals. He also ranks first in the league with 132 shots on goal. He displays a +4 plus/minus differential and has served 20 penalty minutes. Pacioretty was named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Month for November, after posting a 10-7-17 record in 13 games.
Pacioretty was the Canadiens’ second pick (first round, 22nd overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Earlier today, David Desharnais was returned to Hamilton. The speedy forward was called up as a preventive measure yesterday in case he was needed. Turns out he didn’t dress for Montreal’s loss to the Maple Leafs in Toronto and is now back in Hamilton, where he suited up for today’s Bulldogs game.


  1. Jonson says:

    lol yeah you are actually funny. did i mention the money?? i dont think i did. im purely basing it on his play. i really liked him last year despite his total points. last year he was skating from one end to another like it was nothing. i havent been on here long but ive been watching for many years and i know this team as good as anyone. if you like the way gomez is playing than you are the one with issues.(Money aside)

  2. Mark C says:

    Big differance between the two. Max just turned 22 a few weeks ago, Locke is 26. Max is 6-2 and Locke is 5-9.

  3. Geoff F says:

    No, it’s Patch oh rett ee.

    He’s of italian descent.  Apparently his family changed the spelling of his last name to anglicize it however the Italian proper pronunciation is as i described above and not an “s” sound.

    Just like Dino Ciccarelli is (CHICK A RELL EE) and NOT (SISS A RELLY) as has been mispronounced throughout his career.

  4. Number31 says:

    It sucks… They showed him working out in the gym after the game to show the weight room. Has a big brace on his knee 🙁

  5. Number31 says:

    Esposito is rehabing his injury but is still with the Chicago Wolves (Thrashers).

  6. Bill J says:

    That is the proper pronunciation of his name…

    Not Patchioreti…

  7. HardHabits says:

    Hello Mr. HI/O member for: 4 weeks 6 days

    I have proven one thing. That I am well written, beyond just correct spelling, but also with the ability to articulate. I can be controversial and I can be funny. All these are signs of intelligence. This apparently upsets you.

    Let us know when you’ve gotten the spelling part worked out.

  8. ctony says:

    ah, your standard welcome message for newbies, “you couldn’t possibly know anything because you’ve only been on HIO for  …”.  HIO membership proves nothing. You’ve been here for two years and haven’t proven yourself intelligent.

  9. HardHabits says:

    I’d say give him a trial before the trade deadline. If he looks good send him back to Hamilton and let him know he’ll be back up for the end of the season and the playoffs. If he looks awesome keep him in the line-up. If he doesn’t look ready the Habs will have an idea what they’ll need to trade for.

  10. HardHabits says:

    Hello Mr HI/O member for: 3 hours 9 min

    Tell me why are we missing him? The team is 0-2 without Gomez. I wont even explain it to you because you obviously haven’t been reading anything here and if you have it’s all over your head. Let’s just say that’s it’s a little more complicated than the so tangible it’s simplistic equation salary/points = value.

    JM has to be one stupidest coaches in the NHL – Very interesting considering he’s looking like a lock for a Jack Adams nomination.

  11. habs-hampton says:

    ummm…   You do realize that right now, JM is probably a front runner for coach of the year?  Last night’s game sucked, but  it was an anomoly in a 82 game season. There were other sucky games (Atlanta, game 1 against the Leafs) and there will be more, but barring some more injury touble, we’ll be fine. We miss Gomer’s speed with the puck, and as I’ve said all along, he’s an important part of the team chemistry.

  12. andrewberkshire says:

    I love how the CBC is even biased for the Marlies, saying Fortier should have been in the box for his hat trick. So stupid.

  13. SeriousFan09 says:

    Bulldogs find their scoring to roll over the Marlies, now 5-1 with a Fortier hat trick, he’s having the game of his life right now. Going to be hard for him to get scratched as healthy bodies return if he keeps this up.

    D Mathieu Carle with 3 assists today.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  14. jennifer1984 says:

    Hat trick for Fortier!!


    bulldogs are playing a great game.

  15. PeterD says:

    OFort gets his hat-trick…wait a go kid…

  16. Matt_in_TO says:

    Was just looking at the 2007 Draft where we took MaxPac and found something interesting.  The leafs traded their 1st and 2nd picks that year for Toskala and we all know how well that worked out for them.  The Sharks then flipped those two picks to St. Louis for their 1st and took Logan Couture.  St. Louis used those picks to draft one Lars Eller and one Aaron Palushaj! 

    Speaking of the ’07 draft, anyone know what happened to Angelo Esposito?


    – In Price We Trust

  17. Jonson says:

    you cant bring up patches and let JM break his confidence. Let him light it up this year in Hamilton. It will make him a better player for next year. Hopefully JM will be gone by then. Montreal has the fowards but JM needs to know how make good line combinations. It SHOULD be like this:




    Pyatt-lapierre-boyd ( they played great against Detroit)



  18. Laramy87 says:

    Its time to bring up Max Pac. He may be just what the 2nd line needs.

    Gio-Pleks- AK

    MaxPac – Gomez- Cammy

    I think that would work well… Moen is not a finihser so having two finishers on one line with a setup man, mite help Gomezs numbers as well

  19. HabFanSince72 says:

    He’s tied for the lead in AHL scoring with Corey Locke.

    Scoring in the AHL doesn’t mean you will score in the NHL.


  20. rocketsglare says:

    Notice the hustle and hard work of the Dogs today. Just a pleasure to watch.

    Go Dogs Go!

    Go Habs Go!


  21. zak says:

    JM at the Dogs and Marlie game today .Pac scored a goal.

  22. Itsik says:

    Good to see JM works at the game

    Hope he calls up DD and max pac

    Great combo

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  23. HabFanSince72 says:

    I agree completely.

    For the last 4-5 years our PP has been either one of  the best in the league (when Marky was playing) or one of the worst (when he was hurt). Now that he is gone for the season we need to find another solution. I think Pleks, Cammy, AK46 and Gionta are all good PP forwards. The problem is the QB position. Our two options are make a  trade or wait until PK or Yannick learn on the job.

  24. rocketsglare says:

    With JM in attendance, could something be in the works? Team could definitely use some added muscle and scoring

    up front. Make it happen JM.

    Go Habs Go!

  25. SeriousFan09 says:

    They call him Puckee-o-ready in NHL 10.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  26. SeriousFan09 says:

    Turning into a rout, Bulldogs control the zone on the PP, Carle picks up his own rebound, feeds Desharnais, who feeds Pacioretty on the doorstep for a tap-in, his 17th of the season.

    Nash having a nice game as well, I like his upside.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  27. Psycho29 says:


    (As that CBC hack Jeff MArek calls him….)

  28. PeterD says:

    MaxPac…nicew goal kid…with JM watching in the press box…getting a look for the big club?

  29. SeriousFan09 says:

    Certainly making his case right now,  I was a little concerned his game was a little too impressive to sustain but he’s clearly raised himself to a new level this year.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  30. SeriousFan09 says:

    Knee injury, will likely not be back until the end of the month, or next according to reports.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  31. Mark C says:

    I was of the school of thought to leave him in the AHL all season or until 10 or so games left, and then call him up for a trial before the playoffs. But, given Max’s play, he is really moving up that time frame. This clearly isn’t a two-week hot streak, we’re talking about two month of league dominate play.

  32. Habscore says:

    Hey guys!

    Why isn’t White playing in the Dogs game? Did I miss anything? Hurt or something?



  33. SeriousFan09 says:

    After a testy crease battle, Fortier manages to tap the puck over the line as it was just squeaking past the Marlies netminder and gets his 2nd goal of the game, he’s got a 3-point game so far, which is better than what he had all season going into tonight.

    Conboy, gotta say, really surprising me after I was ready to write him off last season, all over the place with his body and doesn’t mind sitting in the crease. He had 8G, 5A in 66GP last season, he’s got 6G, 2A in 26GP so far this season and almost had a 2-goal game himself.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  34. SeriousFan09 says:

    Might see him in the 2nd half of the season at the rate he’s going, Habs will have to dump Boyd (but that’s coming sooner or later) to make room but if he continues his PPG pace and his goal-scoring it could be the missing element to our Top 6, or at least a servicable one over Moen.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  35. rocketsglare says:

    Good point. Habs could definitely use more muscle and scoring up front. But, I doubt they will bring him up

    any time soon.

    Go Habs Go!


  36. Mark C says:

    Sending DD saves a small amount of cap space and allows him to play AHL games, he can be called up again if Gomez can’t go. I would think Gomez plays, he skated and traveled with the team, one would think the extra days off will help.

  37. habs001 says:

    we are not the type of team to put away teams because we lack fire power…this is why our pp has to be way better than it is…majority of our games are very close and we have very little room for error, a bad bounce or have the opposition win the pp vs pk battle…with this line up we could play well in a series and win the games 1-0, 2-1 3-2 but just as easily we can be beaten by the same scores…right now unless there is trade or one of our roster/ahl players breaks out beyond expectations the only way we will score more goals is by the pp..while we have great goaltending and a solid d…right now if we played any of the other 29 teams in the playoffs the scores would pretty well be not much different whether we win or dont…

  38. Jonson says:

    We are missing Gomez??? lol he has been terrible this year. Gionta needed to get off his line to produce. Cammy has struggled playing with him. Gomez has no more than 10 points. Tell me why are we missing him? Okay so he can take the puck into the zone…ummmm…. does nothing because he cant score or get any of his linemates to score. The majority of the scoring comes from plekanec’s line. Did we have Gomez in the third period against Detroit? no we didnt and we still dominated them. Montreal could have easily beaten the leafs lastnight if they decided that they wanted to play. Gomez or no Gomez they cant play like that and expect to win. for weeks and weeks ive been hoping they would move Ellar up to the second replacing Gomez, the kid has been amazing! and why not bring up pouliot to the second line to replace Moen?? Cammy, Ellar and Pouliot would have way more success than cammy gomez and moen. JM has to be one stupidest coaches in the NHL. Everyone gives him credit for the teams success. I knew at the beginning of last year that we simply have good enough players to compete at a high level. Anybody who thought Montreal was going to have trouble this year just simply doesnt know this team. We need to fire JM replace him with a young guy who can help progess young players, not destroy them.  As for Desharnais..simply to small. everytime they bring him he does nothing. Guys like patches, White, and Maxwell will be our future.


  39. Chuck says:

    “We want waffles!” (clap clap, clap clap clap)

    “We want waffles!” (clap clap, clap clap clap)


    Centre Hice: Net result: Leafs cheating?

  40. Mark C says:

    Max-Pac over his last 19 games has 16 goals and 26 points. He is now 5 goals away from his career high in the USHL in 2006-07 (in 60 games). He is generating 4.8 shots a game and has a 12.4 SH%. He is producing at a dominate level in the AHL right now, at what point will he force the Habs to call him up? I’ve long thought he was rushed (the Habs were forced to) and needed more AHL development. If Max-Pac continues to produce at this level, Montreal might be forced to call him up, as he represents a need on the NHL roster.

  41. rocketsglare says:

    Love how the Dogs are attacking the net. Shows commitment and dedication. Great game BTW between the

    Dogs and Marlies.

    Go Dogs Go!

    Go Habs Go!

  42. SeriousFan09 says:

    Andrew Conboy is having a much better season than his rookie season with the Dogs that was great net prescence even if it was the Marlie who put it in the net. I may just have to give him a bump to Habs Future and scratch Schultz for now.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  43. Chuck says:

    Yeah… great goal, wrong net.

    By the way, if the Marlies suck, will their fans now throw Mini-Eggos onto the ice?

    Centre Hice: Net result: Leafs cheating?

  44. HabFanSince72 says:

    Hopefully he also has Byrne’s ironic wit. You need it in the Laffs organization.

  45. win4ce says:

    Looks like the leafs have another future McCabe

  46. rocketsglare says:

    Can the Dogs move that puck on the PP. Simply a pleasure to watch.

    Go Dogs Go!

    Go Habs Go!

  47. SeriousFan09 says:

    It’s the Habs, we’ll be lucky to know what’s up with Spacek by the time the puck drops on Wednesday. Better hope Gomez is playing on Wednesday, two games in two nights against our biggest rivals this season will be a grind.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  48. slapshot777 says:

    Anyone here anything on Spacek. I guess with Desharnais being sent back must mean that Gomez will play on Wednesday. Why else send him back.



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