The Hamilton Bulldogs have signed forward Ryan Murphy to a professional tryout contract. At the same time, the parent Montreal Canadiens recalled forward David Desharnais to the National Hockey League from the Bulldogs.
Desharnais, 23, returned to the Bulldogs’ American Hockey League line-up on Nov. 10 after missing 13 games due to a foot injury he incurred during the pre-season. Since returning, the native of Quebec City has recorded at least a point in all seven games he’s played for a total of 10 points (four goals, six assists) as well as serving 10 penalty minutes.
In 2008-09, the 5-foot-7, 177-pound centre was tied for second on the ‘Dogs and tied for third in rookie scoring in the AHL with 58 points (24 goals, 34 assists) in 77 games played. Desharnais signed with the Canadiens as a free agent on Nov. 5, 2008.
Murphy, 30, played in 64 games with the Lowell Devils last season earning 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) and 29 penalty minutes. The native of Van Nuys, California has played in 367 AHL games with the Devils, Lowell Lock Monsters and Albany River Rats from 2002-09 recording 153 points (63 goals, 90 assists) and 153 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound left wing was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the fourth round (113th overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.