Lenes has short stay with Bulldogs

Peter Lenes

The messages today from the Hamilton Bulldogs are: “Goodbye” and “Hello.”

The ink was barely dry on the Professional Try-Out contract Peter Lenes signed with the American Hockey League team on Thursday (Feb. 16) when the Bulldogs released the left-winger on Saturday (Feb. 18).

And at the same time, the Bulldogs recalled Robert Slaney from the East Coast Hockey League’s Cincinnati Cyclones. Slaney, who was acquired by the Bulldogs’ parent National Hockey League club, the Montreal Canadiens in a trade, will be in a Hamilton sweater when the team plays the Rockford IceHogs today at Copps Coliseum at 7 p.m.

The 25-year-old Lenes played in the Bulldogs game against the St. John’s IceCaps on Friday. He had just over three minutes of ice time and recorded two penalty minutes.

Slaney, 23, notched one assist in nine games with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals, and 18 points (11 goals, 7 assists) in 30 games with the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones this season. A product of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, the 6-foot-2, 203-pound left-winger has registered eight assists in 52 career games in the AHL. Slaney added 53 points (19 goals, 34 assists) in 113 career games in the ECHL.

The Upper Cove Island, Newfoundland native Slaney was part of the deal that sent NHL veteran Hal Gill to the Nashville Predators on Friday.