MONTREAL - Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Saturday that forwards Garth Murray and Andrei Kostitsyn, as well as defenseman Jean-Philippe CÃ´tÃ©Ã© have been returned to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.
Murray, 23, was recalled by the Canadiens before Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Kings to replace Radek Bonk, out with a groin injury.
Kostitsyn, 20, played in his first two NHL games, on Thursday, Dec. 1 against the Buffalo Sabres and on Saturday against the Kings. His call-up became necessary when captain Saku Koivu injured a groin.
CÃ´tÃ©Ã©, 23, played in the Canadiens' last three contests, including his first NHL game on Tuesday, Nov. 29 in Ottawa against the Senators. He was recalled by the Canadiens on Nov. 29 to replace defensemen Andrei Markov and Mike Komisarek. During those three games, CÃ´tÃ©Ã© did not collect any points but earned a plus/minus rating of plus-1.