Dawes signed with Barys Astana of the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Montreal assigned Dawes to the AHL on Thursday, Toronto Globe & Mail writer James Mirtle reports.
Dawes, making his debut with the Habs, skated less than six minutes Thursday, but was the first man called upon in the shootout and beat Dwayne Roloson to help put Montreal over the top.
The Canadiens have recalled Dawes from AHL Hamilton, ESPN'S Pierre LeBrun reports.
The Canadiens have obtained Dawes and Brent Sopel from the Thrashers for Ben Maxwell and a fourth-round draft choice, TSN.ca reports.
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