Thursday, November 27, 2008

Mr. D'Agostini Goes to Washington

Well, I guess that means Alex Tanguay is a no-go for Friday night's game. This becomes a nice opportunity for Matt D'Agostini to show he can get it done at the NHL level, but I hope he's given more than this one game as an audition. I'm not sure what the cap implications would be, but I don't see why the Habs don't keep him up with them until Mike Komisarek comes off injured reserve. At worst, he provides a little push to guys like Sergei Kostitsyn and Guillaume Latendresse and others, at best he blossoms and earns a permanent spot on one of the top three lines. With the way this team is scoring goals right now, it's worth a shot.

Here's the press release, received at 7:25 p.m.:


MONTREAL (November 27, 2008) – The Montreal Canadiens announced tonight that forward Matt D’Agostini has been recalled from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League. He will join the team on Friday morning, and will attend the club’s practice at Verizon Center in Washington.

D’Agostini, 22, leads the Bulldogs in scoring, and ranks 3rd in the AHL with 25 points in 20 games (14 goals, 11 assists). He leads the club in goals (14), powerplay goals (5) and shots on goal (64). He also served 16 penalty minutes.

D’Agostini (6’00, 200 pounds), a right winger from Sault-Ste-Marie, Ontario was selected in the sixth round by the Canadiens, 190th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He played his first NHL game with the Canadiens during the 2007-08 season.

1 comment:

Sliver24 said...

I like it! Big(ish) body, right-handed shot (here's hoping he's on the left wing during the PP) and he's got the Midas touch right now, at least in the A. Yes, I know there's a big difference.

I hope they give this guy a real shot and use him as they normally do in Hamilton. Put him on the wing with Koivu and Higgins and let him play 20 minutes. Playing 7 minutes with Dandenault and Begin isn't going to give us any idea what D'Agostini can really do. Sink or swim time kid!

As for keeping D'Agostini around just because we have an extra roster spot... don't be silly! We need to keep every penny of cap room available for when we sign Mats! ;)