Bulldogs, Providence exchange players in loan plan

Goaltender Philippe Sauve will join the Hamilton Bulldogs on loan from the Boston Bruins’s AHL team, the Providence Bruins.

At the same time, the right winger Aaron Downey, who the Montreal Canadiens had assigned to Hamilton earlier this week, will report to the Providence Bruins on loan.

The 27-year-old Sauve has appeared in 23 games with Providence this season, posting a record of 10-11-1, with a 2.83 goals against average and an .890 save percentage. The 6-foot, 188-pound goaltender has also played two games this season in the National Hockey League with Boston, recording a 5.80 goals against average and .826 save percentage.

The native of Buffalo has appeared in 161 career AHL games with the Hershey Bears and Bruins, registering a 71-65-19 record, with a 2.39 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. Sauve was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round, 38th overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.
Downey, 32, played in 21 games with the Canadiens this season, and registered one goal (1-0-1) and 48 penalty minutes. Obtained from the St. Louis Blues through waivers on Jan. 23, 2006, Downey has played in 46 games with the Canadiens and collected six points (2-4-6), with 98 penalty minutes.

In the NHL, Downey has played 183 games with the Canadiens, the Boston Bruins (1999-00), the Chicago Blackhawks (2000-02), the Dallas Stars (2002-04) and the St. Louis Blues (2005-06). He has registered 13 points, including seven goals, and 371 penalty minutes.