Louis is Back, and Other Habs Links

Louis Leblanc will be back in NHL action, after being called up by the Canadiens, Wednesday. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Down goes Andreas Engqvist and up comes Louis Leblanc, as the Montreal Canadiens prepare for tomorrow night's game against the New Jersey Devils.

Engvist did much of nothing in his two-game call up with the Canadiens. He played 4:12, and was on the ice for the deciding goal, in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. In the Habs 7-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings he went minus one.

We got our first look at Leblanc in December, where he racked up his first five NHL points in 14 games. The Habs First Round pick in 2009 has 17 points in 25 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL).

A lot of talk on pending unrestricted free agent Travis Moen being moved may be put on hold. The gritty winger has missed two games with an upper body injury, that nobody seems to know the nature of. His status remains day-to-day, but coach Randy Cunneyworth said that further tests are needed to determine the extent of the injury.

That freezes any move on Pierre Gauthier's part for the time being. After all, who's going to buy damaged goods, except for Pierre Gauthier? Anyone remember Blair Betts?

But if the Saskatchewan farm boy's injury is clear by deadline the day, the Pittsburgh Penguins could be looking for what he could bring to the table.

A profile on Habs prospect Darren Dietz, who also was named one of Robert Rice's Three Stars earlier this week.

Barry Morgan on the falling Habs organization

Tony Marinaro on the Habs Tuesday loss and Olivier's breakdown.

The Fourth Period says fans need to get used to the word "Retool." Hate to tell FP, but our Andrew Berkshire saw it coming over a month ago.

Max Pacioretty wins the January segment of the Molson Cup. Somewhere, Carey Price is pouting.

Chris Boucher breaks down the Canadiens passing at even strength

An added bonus for GTA Habs fans, as Pacioretty will now be joined by Josh Gorges at a public autograph signing next Friday. Details and fee/mail order info can be found at AJSportsworld.com

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