Fortier Demoted by HabsNews: Montreal announced Monday that Fortier will start the season for the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs. Analysis: Fortier will provide some gritty forechecking to the checking line this season for the Habs. Unfortunately for Fortier he will need an injury or a trade in front of him to break into the NHL this season for the Canadiens
Fortier signs a three-year dealNews: Montreal prospect Olivier Fortier signed a three-year contract with the Canadiens on Thursday. Fortier, the captain of the Rimouski Oceanic and top defensive forward of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season, was selected 65th overall by Montreal in the 2007 draft. Analysis: The center has eight goals and 27 assists in 35 games this season. He returned Feb. 11 after missing 40 games with a knee injury. He is only worth owning in long-term keeper leagues.
Canadiens trim roster downNews: The Montreal Canadiens sent the following players to minor-league camp on Sunday: D P.K. Subban, C Olivier Fortier, G Cedrick Desjardins, G Loic Lacasse, D Pavel Valentenko, D Shawn Belle, D Chad Anderson, C Brock Trotter, C Ryan White, RW James Wyman, C Mike Glumac, C Olivier Latendresse, C Yanick Lehoux, LW Ryan Flinn, C Mathieu Aubin, C Ryan Russell, C David Desharnais and RW Thomas Beauregard. Analysis: Subban and Fortier are decent prospects worth owning in deeper keeper formats, while all the others in this list should continue to be ignored.