MONTREAL - Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Tuesday that forward Raitis Ivanans has been called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs and that forward Jonathan Ferland has been assigned to the American Hockey League team.
Ivanans, 27, has played in 26 games with the Bulldogs in 2005-06, collecting two goals and 65 penalty minutes. Earlier this season, the 6-foot-3, 263-pound native of Riga, Latvia, took part in two games with the Canadiens, going without a point and picking up seven penalty minutes. Ivanans, signed as a free agent on July 16, 2004, suffered a facial bone fracture on Oct. 11, which kept him inactive for one month. On Nov. 11, he was assigned to the Bulldogs.
Ferland, 22, appeared in seven games with the Canadiens, scoring his first NHL goal in his first NHL game on Jan. 3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Bell Centre. The 6-foot-2, 209-pound right-winger collected nine points, including five goals, and 47 penalty minutes in 14 games with the Bulldogs. He had missed 23 games with a knee injury. Ferland, a native of Ste-Marie de Beauce, was the Canadiens' fifth pick, 212th overall, in 2002.