The instantaneous reaction from most is, why? The Montreal Canadiens have recalled the 27 year old veteran minor leaguer from the Bulldogs, but in spite of a solid season in the AHL, the Canadiens should realize by now that Blunden is not what they need.
Blunden was a serviceable replacement level fourth liner last season, however in a six game call up earlier this year, he was absolutely awful, and a gigantic defensive liability.
Losing two players who could contribute offensively, calling up Blunden makes even less sense. A player who has shown more offensive capabilities at the NHL level like Louis Leblanc, or a young speedster like Sven Andrighetto would fit nicely, but once again the Habs are stuck on the Blunden line.
Blunden has 18 goals and 18 assists in 66 games for the offensively inept Hamilton Bulldogs, and is third on the team in points. Once again though, this is a case of recognizing when a player is good in the AHL, or actually good. We've seen Blunden enough in Montreal to know that he's not a fit, so why don't the Habs know?