Familiar face returns to Bulldogs, one departs


bulldogsMontreal Canadiens have assigned forward Mike Blunden to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Blunden, 26, has already played 36 games for the Bulldogs this season recording 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists) and 64 penalty minutes. Last season he played 39 games for the National Hockey League Canadiens, recording four points (two goals, two assists) and 27 penalty minutes.

In 90 games over six seasons in the NHL, the Toronto native has amassed eight points (four goals, four assists) and 96 penalty minutes. During the 2011-12 season, the six-foot-four, 214-pound forward recorded eight points (three goals, five assists) and 26 penalty minutes in 17 games with Hamilton.

Blunden has played 293 games in the AHL and has totaled 142 points (62 goals, 80 assists) and 370 penalty minutes.

The Bulldogs’ next game is against the Lake Erie Monsters in Cleveland on Saturday, Jan. 26.

One player who won’t be in the Bulldogs lineup is Mike Commodore

On Wednesday (Jan. 23) the Bulldogs released the defenceman from his Professional Try-Out Contract.

Commodore, 33, played 17 games for the Bulldogs recording two assists and 26 penalty minutes.