Bulldogs, Canadiens shuffle players

Forward Blake Geoffrion has been recalled from the Bulldogs while Louis Leblanc has been reassigned back to Hamilton in player moves by the National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens.

At the same time, Olivier Malka was reassigned from the American Hockey League team to the East Coast Hockey League’s Wheeling Nailers.

The recently acquired Geoffrion, 24, has played five games for Hamilton since the Montreal Canadiens traded for him on Feb. 7. In that time he has posted eight points (2 goals, 6 assists) while recording 20 shots on goal and a plus-1 plus/minus rating.

The 6-foot, 190-pound left-winger played 22 games with the NHL’s Nashville Predators this season. He registered three assists, 29 hits and 17 penalty minutes, averaging 10 minutes and 20 seconds per game in ice time. In his second year in professional hockey this season, the native of Plantation, Florida also played for the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals, recording nine points (2 goals, 7 assists) in 20 games.

Leblanc, 20, has played 26 games with the Canadiens this season, including his first NHL game on Nov. 30 in Anaheim against the Ducks. The 6-foot, 184-pound forward recorded seven points (3 goals, 4 assists), scoring his first career NHL goal on Dec. 15 against the Philadelphia Flyers.

In his time with Montreal, Leblanc registered 33 shots on goal, 42 hits and displayed a plus-2 differential. The native of Pointe-Claire, Quebec has played in 25 games for Hamilton this season, recording 17 points (9 goals, 8 assists) while registering two power play goals and 92 shots on goal.

Malka, 21, played in nine games with the Bulldogs this season, posting one assist and 12 shots on goal. 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 Oct. 8. In 35 games for the Wheeling Nailers this season, the native of Montreal, Quebec registered 18 points (7 goal, 11 assists), 110 shots on goal, and 58 penalty minutes.

The Bulldogs play Toronto Marlies on Wednesday (Feb. 29) at 7:30 p.m. at Copps Coliseum.