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Canadiens claim Downey off waivers from Blues

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
Plekanec called up from Hamilton


MONTREAL  - Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Monday the acquisition of forward Aaron Downey, claimed on waivers from the St. Louis Blues, and that forward Tomas Plekanec has been called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.

Downey, 31, played in 17 games with the Blues in 2005-06, recording two goals and 45 penalty minutes.

Downey, a 6-foot-1, 212-pound right-winger from Shelburne, Ontario, has played in 137 NHL games with the Boston Bruins (1999-2000), Chicago Blackhawks (2000-2002), Dallas Stars (2002-2004) and the Blues, collecting five goals and two assists as well as 273 penalty minutes.

Plekanec, 23, played in 31 games with the Canadiens in 2005-06 before suffering a knee injury on Dec. 17 in Minnesota that caused him to miss the last 13 games. So far this season for the Canadiens, the native of Kladno, Czech Republic has 12 points, including four goals.

Plekanec, who was selected in the third round, 71st overall by the Canadiens at the 2001 NHL draft, was. He played in two games with the Canadiens AHL affiliate in Hamilton last week, recording no points and two penalty minutes after being assigned to the Bulldogs for conditioning purposes on January 20.


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