Pateryn, Thomas, Blunden among eight players reassigned to Bulldogs

The Canadiens trimmed their training camp roster Thursday, reassigning eight players to the Hamilton Bulldogs, including defencemen Greg Pateryn (photo above), Darren Dietz and Magnus Nygren.

The Canadiens are also sending forwards Christian Thomas, Michael Blunden, Patrick Holland, Martin St-Pierre and Nick Tarnasky back to the Bulldogs.

The Habs will have defenceman Nathan Beaulieu and Michaël Bournival in the lineup for the team’s final preseason game Thursday night at the Bell Centre against the Ottawa Senators (7:30 p.m., RDS, TSN Radio 690). Beaulieu, the Canadiens’ first-round pick at the 2011 draft, played his first preseason game Wednesday night against the Senators in Kanata after suffering a shoulder injury early in training camp.

Defenceman Jarred Tinordi, who has played all of the Habs’ preseason games, won’t play Thursday night.

With the latest cuts, the Canadiens now have 27 players left at training camp.

Thirteen players – all veterans with the exception of Gabriel Dumont – skated in Brossard Thursday morning. The group included defenceman Douglas Murray, who has been out with a lower-body injury. He won’t be playing in Thursday’s game but expects to be “ready and available” for the Canadiens’ season opener Tuesday at the Bell Centre against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Here’s the Habs’ lineup for Thursday night’s game:

Peter Budaj
Carey Price

Nathan Beaulieu
Josh Gorges
Francis Bouillon
Raphael Diaz
P.K. Subban
Andrei Markov

Brian Gionta
Brendan Gallagher
Tomas Plekanec
Rene Bourque
Alex Galchenyuk
Travis Moen
Daniel Brière
David Desharnais
Ryan White
Max Pacioretty
Lars Eller
Michaël Bournival

(Photo by Dario Ayala/The Gazette)

Beaulieu trying to make up for lost time, by Pat Hickey

Canadiens building on their youth,

Experience earned in Ottawa,

Murray almost ready,

Komisarek happy to get fresh start in Carolina, by Dave Stubbs

TSN Top 50 players rankings,

Former Hab Savage on Battle of the Blades, by Brenda Branswell

Canadiens vs. Senators photo gallery,

Video game simulation has Blues winning Stanley Cup,



  1. Un Canadien errant says:

    How good is Kevin Bieksa again? Brian Boyle boards Bo Horvat, then Derek Dorsett gives him a slash as he skates by. Kevin says “That’s enough of that” and goes over there and crosschecks him in the tonsils, then drops the gloves and easily beats the Rangers’ ‘enforcer’. Man, I’d up my offer to a 3rd rounder if that’s what it took.

  2. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …it will be remiss if Our Habs do not include Nathan Beaulieu’s brilliance as a skater on Our Team as soon as possible …He is dynamic and like a 4th forward out there

    …Nathan has as much or more potential offensively as SubbyDoo in My opinion, and has as much physical presence

    …the concept that a slug like Murray can hold-up Beaulieu from joining the Team is hard to rationalize

    …Tinordi, Bournival and Beaulieu …do it Marc !

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Easy now HiS, he’s got the physical skills, but he needs to spend some time in the minors and get those rocks between his ears worked out of there.

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …He can do it on the Big Club Norm

        …the Guy has all the talent in the World …and He has all the teachers He will need already

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          My sense is, if it’s handed to him now, he’ll never learn, never develop those work habits. He needs to go to the minors and slug it out and prove that he can apply himself, not just be a good-time party boy.

          • Habitant in Surrey says:

            …I wouldn’t mind starting-off in Hamilton …but I would be watching His progress very carefully to bring Him up asap

  3. Un Canadien errant says:

    If David Booth and especially Ryan Kesler can stay healthy this season that will go a long way to helping the Canucks return to form.

  4. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …part of the romance of being a young boy and a Habs’ Fan in Montreal in the Old Dayz were the iconic photographs of Denis Brodeur

    RIP Denis

  5. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Marinaro compared Bournival to Daniel Paille…not a bad comparison.

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  6. Bill says:

    UCE, a goalie who stops 9.5/10 pucks or 19/20 isn’t just going to all-star games, he’s going to the Hall of Fame. A .950 save percentage would be an NHL record in a single season, and a consistent .950 save percentage would be an unimaginable achievement. We’d be talking about the greatest goalie of all time. So, as usual, not a fair standard to apply to our goalie, or any goalie.

    Beaulieu was indeed terrific tonight and I have always talked up his skill from back in his Sea Dogs days. I was ecstatic when the Habs got him 17th overall, and I hope that the Habs organization can help him mature.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Of course, a .950 save percentage is the stuff of records. I was trying to make the point that the difference between a great goaltender and a marginal one is razor thin, more so than baseball with the .300 hitters and the Mendoza line. It’s amazing how close that is.

  7. ole says:

    what section r the tickets and how would we connect

  8. Bill says:

    So Tinordi AND Bournival will be with the Habs to start the season. That’s interesting. I’m betting Bournival sits, but looks like the Habs mean for Tinordi to stick. He’ll bump Bouillon to the press-box when Murray returns.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Bouillon to the press box? Highly doubt it.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      As long as Tinordi stays on the left side, who cares who plays on the right side. Bad enough that Emelin had to adjust to his wrong side; don’t want to see Tinordi have to do the same thing. If Boullion and Murray can’t play on the right, MB should go get someone that can.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  9. Un Canadien errant says:

    Hunter Shinkaruk makes it 5-0 Canucks with less than a minute to play in the second. Ryan Kesler had made it 4-0 on the powerplay, on a good play by Kevin Bieksa.

    I wonder if we can package Diaz and Moen and a 4th round pick to get Kesler and Bieksa out of Vancouver? They already have our trade ‘starter kit’, in Yannick Weber.

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