Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rookies Galchenyuk, Gallagher to Start Season in NHL after Habs Make Cuts

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Rookies Galchenyuk, Gallagher to Start Season in NHL after Habs Make Cuts

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Galchenyuk, Gallagher to start season for Habs


MONTREAL - When two talented rookies nicknamed "Gally" join the same team at the same time, something has to give.

So 20-year-old Brendan Gallagher will get keep "Gally," likely based on seniority, while 18-year-old Alex Galchenyuk will now he known in the Montreal Canadiens dressing room as "Chuckie."

Both youngsters, who are training camp roommates, along with veteran Mike Blunden were informed Friday they will start the season with the NHL club.

"We were both in the dressing room and guys would say 'Gally' and we'd both look," said Gallagher. "It kind of got confusing.

"Guys have been calling him 'Chuckie.' That might stick. But I'm just happy I won this battle and I get to keep my nickname."

Coach Michel Therrien said Galchenyuk, the third overall pick at the draft in June, will be in the lineup when the Canadiens open the lockout-shortened NHL season by playing host to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

Gallagher may only be called upon to play his first NHL game if centre Tomas Plekanec, recovering from sore ribs, is unable to skate.

Galchenyuk called making the squad the best day of his life.

"It's crazy what's happened to me in the last couple of months," said the slick passer and shooter, who should start on the team's second line with Brian Gionta and either Plekanec or Lars Eller. "I started producing really well in Sarnia and then we get the gold medal at the world juniors (with the U.S. team) and now playing here in my first NHL game.

"I couldn't be happier."

Montreal assigned forwards Michael Bournival, Gabriel Dumont, Louis Leblanc and Patrick Holland and defencemen Mike Commodore, Frederic St-Denis and Jarred Tinordi to the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs.

The cuts left Montreal at the roster limit of 23 players, but one will have to move when centre Petteri Nokelainen returns from a back injury. …

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