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Habs acquire Cullimore and Salmelainen

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

Jassen Cullimore (left) and Tony Salmelainen


MONTREAL - Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Saturday the acquisition of the contracts of defenseman Jassen Cullimore and forward Tony Salmelainen from the Chicago Blackhawks, in return for forward Sergei Samsonov.

All three players are under contract for the 2007-08 season with Sergei Samsonov set to earn $3.525 million while Jassen  Cullimore and Tony Salmelainen are to receive $1.925 million and $750,000 respectively. It has been agreed upon that the Canadiens will buy out the contract of Jassen Culimore while Tony Salmelainen's situation will be further evaluated over the coming weeks.

"Considering we didn't have plans for Sergei Samsonov in our organization for next season, our options were either to buy out his contact or to trade him in order to allow us to save valuable cap room over the next two seasons" said Bob Gainey.

In 2006-07, the 34-year old Cullimore played 65 games with the Blackhawks collecting seven points (one goal, six assists) along with 64 penalty minutes.

Salmelainen, 25, recorded 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in 57 games as a rookie with the Blackhawks in 2006-07. A first round selection by Edmonton in 1999, Salmelainen played 13 games with the Oilers in 2003-04.

Sergei Samsonov joined the Canadiens as a free agent on July 12, 2006. Last season, he registered 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) in 63 games.

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