Oct 1, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT
Yesterday, Montreal head coach Michel Therrien said he wouldn’t call up an extra defenseman this week.
Today, he changed his mind.
The Canadiens recalled Nathan Beaulieu from AHL Hamilton on Tuesday, giving them an extra/emergency defenseman prior to tonight’s season opening tilt with the Maple Leafs.
Therrien had started his club wasn’t going to call up any blueliners after making his final roster decisions Monday, and was OK going with a six-man unit of Francis Bouillon, Raphael Diaz, Josh Gorges, Andrei Markov, P.K. Subban and Jarred Tinordi. Davis Drewiske, Douglas Murray and Alexei Emelin are all out injured.
Beaulieu, 20, was Montreal’s first-round pick (17th overall) at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, and was one of the team’s final cuts from training camp. He was dispatched to the Bulldogs on Monday, along with forward Gabriel Dumont.
- Arbitration filed: Holtby, Nyquist & Stepan highlight list released by NHLPA 10
- Report: Plotnikov paid $500K to get out of KHL contract 12
- Philadelphia signs ’15 first rounder Provorov 11
- Brandon Saad brings championship experience to Blue Jackets 22
- Sharks sign Joel Ward to three-year deal 24
- Sabres lock up O’Reilly through 2022-23 74
- Locked in: Columbus signs Saad to six-year, $36M deal 28
- Oilers sign McDavid to entry-level contract 29
- ‘Hawks would like to re-sign Oduya, but still working through ‘financial hurdles’ 17
- Trade: Caps acquire Oshie from Blues for Brouwer, Copley and draft pick 73
- Blockbuster: Kessel traded to the Penguins (131)
- Trade: Flyers send Rinaldo to Bruins for 2017 third-rounder (105)
- Trade: Jackets land Saad; Anisimov and Dano headed to Chicago (93)
- Bypassing a buyout? Kings terminate Richards’ contract for ‘material breach’ (90)
- Sabres lock up O’Reilly through 2022-23 (74)