Habs add toughness, star power to AHL ranks

The Montreal Canadiens have signed two players who will hurt you in entirely different ways.

It was announced yesterday that the Canadiens have inked forward Martin St. Pierre, an AHL all-star forward and elite minor league player, and Nick Tarnasky, a feared pugilist.

St. Pierre, who will come to Hamilton by way of Rockford, had, by his standards, a down year last season. The 29-year-old, who is a point per game player in his AHL career, scored 26 goals and had 33 assists in 76 games last season, but one can only think those numbers are due for a bit of a boost. Throughout his AHL career, St. Pierre had never posted less than 60 points, and it would be remiss to think he will see another down season. While St. Pierre is at the tail end of his prime, the Bulldogs will get a player who put up 99 points (27-72) in 65 games in 2006-07 with the Norfolk Admirals.

The Ottawa, Ont. native is a three time all-star, and has won an OHL Championship and Austrian Championship in his career.

Tarnasky, for better or worse, is likely going to spend more than his fair share of time in the penalty box. At 6’2″ and 231 lbs., Tarnasky is always willing to drop the gloves.

In 2012-13, as a member of the Rochester Americans, Tarnasky had 138 PIM in 74 games. While he did contribute on the scoresheet last season — he had 16 goals and 10 assists — it was a career high, and numbers that shouldn’t be expected from the 28-year-old.

Both St. Pierre and Tarnasky signed one-year two-way deals and will start the season with the Hamilton Bulldogs.

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