MONTREAL-Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Monday that forwards Andrei Kostitsyn and Jonathan Ferland, as well as defenseman Jean-Philippe Côté had been recalled from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.
Kostitsyn has played in 34 of the Bulldogs' 38 games in 2005-06, collecting seven goals and 14 assists (7-14-21) and 38 penalty minutes. The 20-year-old winger played in five games with the Canadiens this season, and recorded one point (1-0-1) with his first NHL goal coming on his first career shot in a 5-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Dec. 13.
Ferland, 22, has nine points in 14 games with the Bulldogs (five goals, four assists) and 47 penalty minutes, despite missing 23 games with a knee injury. The 6-foot-2, 208-pound native of Ste-Marie-de-Beauce was the Canadiens' fifth pick, 212th overall in 2002.
Côté has played in 26 games with the Bulldogs in 2005-06, collecting three assists (0-3-3) and 51 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 216 pound defenseman has three NHL games already under his belt following his call-up earlier this season. The 23-year-old native of Quebec City did not register a point but had a plus/minus rating of plus-one. Côté was signed as a free agent on August 19, 2004.
The Canadiens also assigned forward Alexander Perezhogin to the Bulldogs. The 22-year-old Russian had 12 points (six goals, six assists) in 36 games with the Canadiens so far this season.