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Follow Me on TwitterDean Eastman is the Montreal Canadiens' correspondent for OurHometown.ca Dean was born in Cornwall and raised in Long Sault and has been a loyal Habs fan since the days of the Pocket Rocket and the Roadrunner. He now calls Whitby, Ontario home to his wife Heather and young sons Eric and Ryan. Dean is passionate about his hockey, whether it be from the junior or professional ranks. Dean will provide current news and views on the Montreal Canadiens' organization from a global perspective. If you have questions or wish to contact Dean, you can email him at deastman@ourhometown.ca
Canadiens finally get it right - Leblanc remains, Palushaj and Engqvist re-assigned
Dean Eastman
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Canadiens finally get it right - Leblanc remains, Palushaj and Engqvist re-assigned
It has been a busy 48 hours of roster trimming for the Montreal Canadiens. On Sunday, sparingly used forward Aaron Palushaj was sent back to the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs. Only 24 hours later on Monday, it was announced that the Canadiens also re-assigned another spare part in Andreas Engqvist also to Hamilton.
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Whitby - December 6, 2011 - It has been a busy 48 hours of roster trimming for the Montreal Canadiens. On Sunday, sparingly used forward Aaron Palushaj was sent back to the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs. Only 24 hours later on Monday, it was announced that the Canadiens also re-assigned another spare part in Andreas Engqvist also to Hamilton.

I would be dreaming to believe that Canadiens’ senior management had read my game summary recap on Saturday evening when I suggested the Canadiens should give recent call up, Louis Leblanc, a ten-game tryout with the big club instead of sending Leblanc back to Hamilton once Max Pacioretty had served his three-game suspension, but I would be a fool to believe in such luck.

I also suggested that Palushaj be sent back to Hamilton instead of Leblanc due to the fact that the Habs’ Quebec native son (Leblanc) has more offensive upside than what Palushaj has shown to date.

Head Coach Jacques Martin has given Leblanc high praise for his impressive play over the past three games on the Canadiens’ most recent Western road trip. Leblanc has shown a strong work ethic and has been effective in his defensive play.

Now, I am not dreaming in technicolor thinking that Leblanc is here to stay for the remainder of the NHL regular season, however he appears to be a marked upgrade from that of either Andreas Engqvist or Aaron Palushaj.

The Hamilton Bulldogs will definitely benefit from the return of both skaters and the big club should become slightly stronger, deeper and bigger-in-size up-front going forward.

Canadiens’ fans will be watching and wishing Louis Leblanc all the best in his first NHL home ice appearance at the Bell Centre on Tuesday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Successful Surgery for Markov

General Manager Pierre Gauthier has announced that defenseman Andrei Markov has had successful arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday. Dr. James Andrews performed the operation in Florida.

Gauthier has revised Markov’s rehabilitation to last between four-to-six weeks and not three weeks as was first reported a few days ago. Perhaps he will be ready for the start of the 2011-12 NHL playoff season.

There I go dreaming once again.

Until next time, play every game as if it is your last one…


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