One Bulldogs defenceman leaves, one returns

The American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs welcomed back one player and bid adieu to another in transactions today.

Defenceman Frédéric St-Denis has been assigned to the Bulldogs from the parent Montreal Canadiens while defenceman Olivier Malka has been assigned to the East Coast Hockey League’s Wheeling Nailers.

St-Denis, 25, has played in eight games for the National Hockey League’s Canadiens this season, scoring one goal from four shots and earning a plus-one. He also averaged 11:58 minutes of ice time per game. The 5-foot-11, 192-pound defenceman has suited up 14 times with the Bulldogs this season, recording eight points (three goals, five assists) and 19 shots. St-Denis, a native of Greenfield Park, Quebec, competed in 76 games with the ‘Dogs in 2010-11, posting 23 points (five goals, 18 assists).

Malka, 21, played in eight games with the Bulldogs this season, posting one assist and 11 shots on goal since being recalled from the Nailers on Nov. 15, 2011. The 5-foot-10, 192-pound defenceman made his professional debut with the Bulldogs in the team’s 5-2 season-opening victory over the Rochester Americans on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. In seven games for the Nailers this season, the native of Montreal, Quebec registered seven points (one goal, 6 assists), 21 shots, a plus-5 rating and 17 penalty minutes.