Of the nine Canadiens players who were facing unrestricted three agency at the end of the year, five have received contracts for the coming season. The Canadiens re-signed three of them. Mathieu Darche, Andrei Kostitsyn, Chris Campoli and Jaroslav Spacek are still awaitiing offers.
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While the Canadiens need to address depth issues in their goaltending, the future of the Canadiens defense is promising. Andrei Markov and Josh Gorges are the anchors of a defense that broke in two rookies last year – Alexei Emelin and Raphael Diaz last season. P.K. Subban and Yannick Weber were in their second seasons, Behind that, a very deep farm system.
The Hamilton Bulldogs ended a two game losing streak with a 4-1 over the Toronto Marlies before over 6,700 fans at Copps Coliseum. Brian Willsie and Aaron Palushaj led the Bulldogs with a goal and an assist each. Also scoring were Aaron Palushaj and Philip DeSimone. The Bulldogs, with Nathan Lawson in goal, outshot Toronto 28-20.