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- January hasn't been a kind month for Lars Eller. He has just 12 points in 44 games, his lowest PPG average of any month.
After the morning scrimmage, the Habs announced their first training camp cuts on Monday afternoon. There weren't as many cuts as originally anticipated though, as only 5 of the 58 players were sent home. Original reports suggested as many as a dozen players would be sent packing today.
Not surprisingly, those who were cut were all either junior or collegiate players so they could get back to their respective regular seasons. Going home are:
G Nicholas Champion (released from tryout - Lewiston, QMJHL)
D Morgan Ellis (Cape Breton, QMJHL)
RW Brendan Gallagher (Vancouver, WHL)
LW Phillipe Lefebvre (Montreal, QMJHL)
D Joe Stejskal (Dartmouth, NCAA)
Of those players, only Gallagher hit the scoresheet (1 assist) in the intrasquad contests. A pair of junior-aged players remain in camp, C Louis Leblanc and D Jarred Tinordi. A total of 53 players (5 G, 18 D, and 30 F) remain in camp, including injured players (Bishop, Hamrlik, Markov, and Masse). On Tuesday, two new teams were formed with the remaining players, they are as follows:
G - Carey Price, Curtis Sanford
F - Mike Cammalleri, Andrew Conboy, Gabriel Dumont, Olivier Fortier, Jeff Halpern, Maxim Lapierre, Louis Leblanc, Ben Maxwell, Travis Moen, Aaron Palushaj, Tomas Plekanec, Benoit Pouliot, Tom Pyatt, Ian Schultz
D - Sebastien Bisaillon, Hal Gill, Josh Gorges, Jaroslav Spacek, Frederic St-Denis, Jarred Tinordi, David Urquhart, Yannick Weber
G - Alex Auld, Peter Delmas, Robert Mayer
F - Alexander Avtsin, Jimmy Bonneau, Dustin Boyd, Mathieu Darche, David Desharnais, Lars Eller, Andreas Engqvist, Brian Gionta, Scott Gomez, Andrei Kostitsyn, Max Pacioretty, Ryan Russell, Ryan White, J.T. Wyman
D - Mathieu Carle, Marc-Antoine Desnoyers, Alex Henry, Kyle Klubertanz, Ryan O'Byrne, Brendon Nash, Alexandre Picard, P.K. Subban
F - Hunter Bishop, Dany Masse
D - Roman Hamrlik, Andrei Markov