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Canadiens call up Cote; Hainsey claimed by Columbus

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

Defenseman Jean-Philippe Cote (top) was called up from
Hamilton after Ron Hainsey was claimed off waivers by Columbus

MONTREAL - Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Tuesday that defenseman Jean-Philippe Cote has been recalled from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.

Cote, 23, has played in 14 games with the Bulldogs so far in 2005-06, held without a point while collecting 34 penalty minutes. With the Bulldogs in 2004-05, Cote scored one goal and added eight assists in 51 games while racking up 58 penalty minutes.

Born in Quebec City, the 6-foot-2', 216-pound defenseman was signed as a free agent August 19, 2004.

Earlier in the day, defenseman Ron Hainsey, who had been called up by the Canadiens on Monday, failed to clear waivers and was picked up by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Hainsey, who was selected 13th overall by Montreal at the 2000 NHL draft, had one goal and two points in 32 games with the Canadiens. The 24-year-old had 17 points in 22 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs this season.

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