According to the Moscow newspaper Sovietsky Sport, forward Brock Trotter is rejoining the Canadiens after a year in the Kontinental Hockey League.
Trotter signed a one year contract with the KHL”s Dynamo Riga last July after leading the 2009-2010 Hamilton Bulldogs with 36 goals. He also had 41 assists to finish one point behind David Desharnais for the team scoring lead. Trotter, a Brandon Manitoba native, added 19 points in 19 games during the 2010 Calder Cup playoffs.
Trotter was originally signed by the Canadiens as a free agent after he was suspended by the University of Denver in February of 2008. He played in two games in February of 2010 with the Canadiens without scoring.
As a restricted free-agent last summer, Trotter signed a one year contract with the Latvian team for a reported 250-thousand dollars in July. In his final year with the Bulldogs he earned 65 thousand dollars. At the time of his departure Trotter was considered one of the Canadiens prime prospects, He was noted for his goalscoring ability and his physical presence in the offensive zone. The drawback was the defensive side of his game and, at 5’10” and 180 pounds, his size, areas on which he presumably worked in Latvia.
With Riga Dynamo he scored 9 goals and 17 assists in 49 games with a plus-3 rating. During Riga’s eleven game playoff run he was the team’s second highest scorer with 4 goals and 5 assists.
NOTE – Because of injuries, on February 6th, 2010, Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey was forced to call up Hamilton’s entire top line of Trotter, David Desharnais and Ryan White. The trio played two home games, February 6th a 5-3 win over Pittsburgh and a 3-0 loss to Boston on February 7th. The callups were Gainey’s final act in his role of Canadiens GM. He resigned February 8th, handing the team over to Pierre Gauthier.