Habs call up quartet from Hamilton
MONTREAL - Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Thursday that forwards Andrei Kostitsyn and Jonathan Ferland, defenseman Jean-Philippe Côté and goaltender Yann Danis have been recalled from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.
The Bulldogs concluded their regular season on Saturday, April 15 with an overall record of 35-41-0-4, for a total of 74 points. They finished in sixth place in the North Division standings of the American Hockey League.
Kostitsyn, 21, played in 64 games with the Bulldogs this season, collecting 18 goals and 29 assists for 47 points, and 76 penalty minutes. He missed three games with injuries during the season. The 6-foot, 189-pound right-winger appeared in 12 games with the Canadiens this season, scoring two goals and adding an assist, with two penalty minutes. On Dec. 13 against the Phoenix Coyotes, he scored his first NHL goal on his very first NHL shot.
Ferland, 23, played in 39 games with the Bulldogs, registering seven goals and eight assists for a total of 15 points and 65 penalty minutes. He was held out of action with injuries for a total of 32 games. The 6-foot-2, 209-pound right-winger played in seven games with the Canadiens in 2005-06. He collected one point, thanks to his first career goal in his very first NHL game, Jan. 3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
In 61 games with the Bulldogs this season, Côté, 23, scored three goals and added eight assists for a total of 11 points. He posted a plus/minus rating of plus-8 and totaled 113 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-3, 207-pound defenseman, who missed six games with injuries with the Bulldogs, played in eight games with the Canadiens, during which he was held pointless and posted a plus/minus rating of plus-2.
Danis, 24, played in six games with the Canadiens this year, posting a 3-2-0 record, 2.69 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. He recorded a shutout in his first NHL game ever, on Oct. 12 against the Atlanta Thrashers. In 39 games with the Bulldogs, the native of Lafontaine, Quebec, posted a 17-17-3 record, a 2.97 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage. In the Bulldogs' last regular season game against the Toronto Marlies, Danis became the winningest goaltender in Bulldogs history, recording his 47th career win with the team.