Apparently, Marc-Andre Bergeron isn’t quite in shape yet to join the defence corps in Montreal. He fact, for some of the Canadiens brass, he isn’t even first in line to replace Yannick Weber, who was sent down to Hamilton. It kind of makes you wonder why Minnesota didn’t bother to re-sign him, why no one else signed this free agent, and why, when he was traded in the past, it was in return for later-round draft picks only.
Anyway, here’s the latest press release telling us about Shawn Belle joining the big club.
Habs call up Shawn Belle
MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens announced Tuesday that defenseman Shawn Belle has been recalled from the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs.
Belle, 24, participated in his second training camp with the Canadiens last September. He played in three of the club’s seven preseason games, before being released on September 21. The 6’01’’, 240 lbs defenseman played in 60 games with the Bulldogs last season. He registered 13 points (3 goals, 10 assists), posted a +19 plus/minus differential and totalled 93 penalty minutes.
Belle was acquired from the Minnesota Wild on July 11, 2008. He played in nine career NHL regular season games in 2006-07