There was a time when defenceman Brendon Nash was considered one of those undrafted gems that scouts find once in a while who possess an outstanding skill set and NHL promise. He graduated from Cornell University and had a very good Hamilton Bulldogs rookie season, good enough to earn a two game callup to the Canadiens.
Then in the next year’s training camp a shoulder muscle was torn away from the bone and Nash was forced to sit out the entire 2011-2912 season. Things haven’t been the same since.
Last week the Canadiens loaned Nash to the Panthers” San Antonio AHL affiliate. At the same time San Antonio defenceman Jason DeSantis was loaned to Hamilton. Monday, the Canadiens announced the loan agreement had become an official trade.
This was one of several moves made by the Canadiens to balance the talent shortage caused by the opening of training camps.
The Canadiens have brought forward Ian Schultz back to the team. Schultz had been on loan to the ECHL Utah Grizzlies. They also signed Utah forward Riley Armstrong to a Professional Tryout Contract. He is the brother of the Canadiens Colby Armstrong. Grizzlies defenceman Mark Isherwood is also in the Hamilton camp under a PTC.
From Canadiens Publicity
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager, Marc Bergevin, announced Monday the acquisition of defensemanJason DeSantis from the Florida Panthers, in return for defenseman Brendon Nash.
The 26-year old DeSantis played 32 games with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs and San Antonio Rampage this season. He registered 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists) and served 22 penalty minutes. The 5’11’’, 185 lbs has recorded 81 points (16 goals, 65 assists) in 183 regular season games in the AHL, with 106 penalty minutes.
A native of Oxford, Michigan, the USNTDP Under-18 product played four seasons, from 2004 to 2008, with the Ohio State Buckeyes totaling 60 points (16 goals, 44 assists) in 144 games.
Brendon Nash joined the Canadiens as a free agent on March 30, 2010. He played two games with the Canadiens in the NHL in 2010-11.
Canadiens Release of the Ian Schultz, Riley Armstrong, Mark Isherwood transactions
HAMILTON, ONT – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today that the Canadiens have reassigned forward Ian Schultz to the Bulldogs from the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL. The Bulldogs have also signed forward Riley Armstrong and defenceman Mark Isherwood to Professional Try-Out Contracts. As per club policy, financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
Schultz, 22, has played 26 games this season for the Wheeling Nailers and Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL recording six points (2 goals, 4 assists) and 72 penalty minutes. The 6’2”, 216-pound forward played 105 regular season games for the Bulldogs from 2010-2012 and posted 27 points (9 goals, 18 assists) and 153 penalty minutes. The native of Calgary, Alberta played four seasons from 2006-2010 for the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League totaling 127 points (55 goals, 72 assists) a +36 rating and 405 penalty minutes in 196 regular season games. Schultz helped the Hitmen win a WHL Championship during the 2009-2010 season while recording 15 points (8 goals, 7 assists) in 23 playoff games. Schultz was acquired by the Montreal Canadiens with Lars Eller from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Jaroslav Halak on June 17th, 2010.
Armstrong, 28, has played 31 games this season for the Grizzlies and ranks third on the team in points recording 32 (15 goals, 17 assists) and 100 penalty minutes. The 5’11”, 185-pound forward played 402 regular season games in the American Hockey League during various seasons from 2004-2011 and registered 167 points (86 goals, 81 assists) and 559 penalty minutes. The native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan played two games for the San Jose Sharks during the 2008-2009 season and totaled two penalty minutes.
Isherwood, 23, has played 26 games for the Grizzlies this season posting 14 points (4 goals, 10 assists) and 34 penalty minutes. The 6’0”, 180-pound defenceman spent the 2011-2012 season playing for Cortina SG in Italy and notched 25 points (7 goals, 18 assists) and 32 penalty minutes in 40 regular season games while winning the Italian Championship with the team. Isherwood played 70 regular season games for the Kelly Cup Champion Alaska Aces of the ECHL in 2010-2011 recording 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists) and 61 penalty minutes, while accumulating six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 11 playoff games. The native of Abbotsford, British Columbia played five seasons from 2005-2010 for the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL registering 128 points (44 goals, 84 assists) and 353 penalty minutes in 268 regular season games.