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TRADE | Canadiens Acquire Phillip Danault from Blackhawks for Weise, Fleischmann

Trade between the Canadiens and Blackhawks

CANADIENS ACQUIRE FORWARD PHILLIP DANAULT AND A SECOND-ROUND PICK IN 2018 IN RETURN FOR FORWARDS DALE WEISE AND TOMAS FLEISCHMANN

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Montreal Canadiens Press Release

Friday, 02.26.2016 / 9:45 PM ET

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Friday night the acquisition of forward Phillip Danault and a second-round draft pick in 2018 from the Chicago Blackhawks, in return for forwards Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann.

“Phillip Danault is a young and gifted player who will be part of our core group of young forwards for many years to come. I am very pleased to have him join our organization. As a member of the Blackhawks management group, I was instrumental in the selection of Phillip in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft. Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann have both been good contributors to our team and I would like to wish them the best of luck with the Blackhawks’ organization,” said Marc Bergevin.

Danault, 23, appeared in 32 career games with the Blackhawks, including 30 this season, amassing five points (1 goal, 4 assists) and six penalty minutes, while playing an average of 12:38 per game. The 6’0’’ and 201 lbs forward added two points (1 goal, 1 assist) and four penalty minutes in six games with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs. In 160 career games in the AHL, Danault has collected 68 points (20 goals, 48 assists) and 94 penalty minutes.

A native of Victoriaville, Quebec, Danault was the Blackhawks’ second pick in the first round, 26th overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. A product of the QMJHL’s Victoriaville Tigres and Moncton Wildcats, he recorded 251 points (74 goals, 177 assists) in 243 games at the Junior level.

Dale Weise, 27, registered 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists) and 22 penalty minutes in 56 games with the Canadiens thus far this season. The Winnipeg native was acquired by the Canadiens from the Vancouver Canucks in return for Raphael Diaz on February 3, 2014.

Tomas Fleischmann, 31, produced 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) and 28 penalty minutes in 57 games Montreal thus far this season. The Koprivnice, Czech Republic native signed a contract with the Canadiens as a free agent on October 4, 2015.

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ROSTER MOVE | IceCaps Recall Mac Bennett from Brampton

Bennett reassigned to IceCaps
MAC BENNETT CALLED UP FROM BRAMPTON

Mac Bennett (Photo by  Vincent Ethier)
Mac Bennett (Photo by Vincent Ethier)

St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (February 26, 2016) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have reassigned defenceman Mac Bennett to the IceCaps from the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

The sophomore pro from Narragansett, RI has skated in 29 games with the IceCaps this season, registering a goal and three points, along with 28 penalty minutes. He also registered an assist in three games with the Beast.

The six-foot, 189-pound, Michigan University alumnus was drafted in the third round (79th overall) by the Canadiens in 2009.

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ROSTER UPDATE: IceCaps Release Forward Evan Rankin from PTO

IceCaps Release Rankin from PTO
EVAN RANKIN HEADS BACK TO TOLEDO

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St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (February 25, 2016) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have released right-winger Evan Rankin from a 25-game Professional Tryout contract (PTO).

Rankin, a six-foot-one, 185-pounder was scoreless in three games with the IceCaps. The 29-year-old previously scored 14 points in 15 games with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, after registering seven points in 24 games to start the season with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League (AHL).

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ROSTER MOVE: IceCaps Recall Defenceman Travis Brown from Beast

IceCaps Recall Travis Brown from Brampton
DEFENCEMAN BROWN CALLED UP FROM ECHL

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St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (February 23, 2016) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have recalled defenceman Travis Brown from the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

The 21-year-old rookie has scored seven goals and 20 points in 51 games with the Beast this season.

Chosen originally by the Chicago Blackhawks with the 149th overall selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Brown signed a one-year, two-way American Hockey League contract with the IceCaps in August.

The six-foot-two, 200-pound blueliner split the previous four seasons between the Moose Jaw Warriors and Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

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ROSTER MOVE: Canadiens Recall Defenceman Victor Bartley

Bartley recalled to Montreal
VICTOR BARTLEY HEADS TO HABS

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St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

MONTREAL, QC — The Montreal Canadiens have recalled defenceman Victor Bartley from the IceCaps.

Acquired by the Canadiens last month – along with John Scott – in a trade involving both the Nashville Predators and Arizona Coyotes, Bartley has scored two goals and four points in 10 games with St. John’s.

The six-foot, 215-pounder was never drafted but signed as a free agent with the Nashville Predators in 2011. The 27-year-old Ottawa native has played 112 NHL games, all with the Predators.

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ROSTER MOVE | IceCaps Reassign Mac Bennett to Beast

Bennett reassigned to Brampton
DEFENCEMAN MAC BENNETT HEADS TO ECHL AFFILIATE

Mac Bennett (Photo by  Vincent Ethier)
Mac Bennett (Photo by Vincent Ethier)

St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (February 18, 2016) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have reassigned defenceman Mac Bennett from the IceCaps to the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

The sophomore pro from Narragansett, RI has skated in 29 games with the IceCaps this season, registering a goal and three points, along with 28 penalty minutes. Bennett spent the entire 2014-15 season with the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs.

The six-foot, 189-pound, Michigan University alumnus was drafted in the third round (79th overall) by the Canadiens in 2009.

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ROSTER MOVE | IceCaps Sign RW Evan Rankin to PTO

IceCaps Sign Rankin to PTO
EVAN RANKIN JOINS ST. JOHN’S ON THE ROAD

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St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (February 18, 2016) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have signed right-winger Evan Rankin to a 25-game Professional Tryout contract (PTO).

Rankin, a six-foot-one, 185-pounder has scored 14 points in 15 games with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, after registering seven points in 24 games to start the season with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League (AHL).

An alumnus of the University of Notre Dame, the Portage. MI native has previous AHL experience with the Manitoba Moose, Grand Rapids Griffins, Rochester Americans and Syracuse Crunch.

 

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IceCaps Goaltender Named CCM/AHL Player of the Week

Zachary Fucale named CCM/AHL Player of the Week
ROOKIE NETMINDER RECORDS FIRST PRO SHUTOUT

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SPRINGFIELD, MA — The American Hockey League announced today that St. John’s IceCaps goaltender Zachary Fucale has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Feb. 14, 2016.

Fucale won each of his three starts last week while stopping 107 of 111 shots, good for a 1.32 goals-against average and a .964 save percentage.

St. John’s was outshot by a combined total of 111-60 in Fucale’s three outings but put together its first three-game winning streak of the season thanks to the rookie goaltender’s efforts. Fucale began the week by earning the first shutout of his professional career, a 39-save performance in the IceCaps’ 4-0 win over Syracuse on Tuesday. He came back the next night and made 36 stops as St. John’s defeated the Crunch in overtime, 4-3. And on Saturday night, Fucale shut down the league-leading Toronto Marlies, making 32 saves in a 3-1 victory.

A second-round choice (36th overall) by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Fucale has improved to 13-11-3 with a 3.05 GAA and a .906 save percentage in 30 appearances for St. John’s this season. The 20-year-old rookie from Rosemere, Que., won a Memorial Cup championship with Halifax (QMJHL) in 2013 and a gold medal with Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championships.

In recognition of his achievement, Fucale will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming IceCaps home game.

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ROSTER MOVE: Canadiens Recall Forward Jacob de la Rose

Jacob de la Rose recalled

Jacob de la Rose (Photo by St. John's IceCaps)
Jacob de la Rose (Photo by St. John’s IceCaps)

Montreal Canadiens Press Release
Wednesday, 02.10.2016 / 5:05 PM ET

MONTREAL, QC — On Wednesday evening the Canadiens announced that forward Jacob de la Rose has been recalled from the St. John’s IceCaps. In 30 games in the American Hockey League this season, the 20-year-old has amassed four goals and seven assists.

In addition, the Arvika, Sweden native has previously suited up for three games with the Canadiens this season during his most recent stint with the team in January. It is expected that de la Rose will meet his teammates in Buffalo, ahead of Friday night’s match-up against the Sabres.

The recall of de la Rose coincides with the announcement that Brian Flynn is expected to miss six to eight weeks of action after suffering a lower-body injury on February 9 against the Lightning.

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IceCaps Sign Center Shane Bakker to PTO

IceCaps Ink Bakker to PTO
SHANE BAKKER SIGNED TO ICECAPS PTO

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St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (February 4, 2016) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have signed centre Shane Bakker to a 25-game Professional Tryout (PTO) contract.

Bakker, a six-foot-four, 210-pounder has collected six assists in 20 games with the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL and split last season between the Nailers and the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs.