MONTREAL - Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Tuesday that defenseman Jean-Philippe Côté has been assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.
Côté, 23, 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 native of Quebec City has played in his first three NHL games earlier this season. He did not collect any points but registered a plus/minus rating of plus-1.
Côté was signed as a free agent on August 19, 2004.